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Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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Jim Martin

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Ministers who work with congregations might do well to pay attention to how they begin.  Working with a congregation is much like marriage – it matters how you start.   The following suggestions may be very helpful if you are beginning a new work.  On the other hand, these suggestions may also be helpful even if you have served this congregation for months or even years.

Know that the…

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If you had asked me this question some years ago, I would have immediately replied:

Absolutely!

Yet, the truth was that I typically found my value elsewhere.  At times, I put my value in my abilities, the number of speaking opportunities I might have, or in whether or not I felt valued by certain people.  The affirmation of others was far too important to me.  Consequently,…

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If a minister intends to persevere and minister well into the future, a commitment to one’s own overall health is a must. Far too many ministers started well and then managed to self-destruct.  When a minister self-destructs, everyone loses.

To keep from self-destructing, one has to be very intentional about one’s spiritual, emotional, relational, mental, and physical health.

The following are four practices which may be helpful and might even be essential for any church…

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