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Archives for 130 – Ministering to Ministers

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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One of the axioms my experienced preacher friend Eddie Sharp lives by is “My elders and their families are my first church.”  By this he means that as preaching minister, he is going to pay the most attention – ministerially, relationally, pastorally – to those who are shepherding the people of God.  By doing this he gets to know these men at a relational and personal level and he…

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“So, what’s church like in America?”

It’s a question we’ve heard a lot in the weeks since our return from furlough in the United States.  And it’s a hard one to answer.

Since 2003, my wife and I have been part of a mission team serving the Makua-Metto people in Mozambique, Africa.  Our context here is predominately Muslim; Protestant churches make up less than 1% of the population. The Mozambican…

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Ministry comes with pain…all life comes with pain but when you minister there are certain burdens that you carry for or with others that come with the territory. It is often difficult to know when is the time to carry someone’s burden for them and when it is time to carry it with them. Paul got at this…

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Ministers wear a lot of hats and carry a lot of burdens. Many ministers enter ministry because they enjoy helping people and making an eternal difference in the world. That is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because there is so much joy and fulfillment in ministry. It can be a curse because when you…

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