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Annual Valentines Dinner

It seems like our annual “Love is in the Air” dinner for our pastors and their spouses just keeps getting better. Not only did we host our regular event in Lexington, NC., but we also added a duplicate event in Johnson City, TN, at the luxurious Carnegie Hotel. Both events created a red carpet, five-star

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Nashville Pastor Care Summit

Last month we were invited by Lifeway research to take part of pastor care ministry summit at their headquarters in Nashville, TN. What a privilege for our work to be recognized as a vital part of encouraging our nation’s pastor and helping to sustain healthy and vibrant ministry leaders. The term “flourishing in ministry” became

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A Merry Little Christmas?

While it’s the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, Christmas can also the most stressful time of the year for many of us.  We all keep pretty busy schedules year-round and the Holiday season can often add a heap of new obligations and responsibilities on top of days that were already plenty full. We long

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Pray for Your Pastor…Every Day of the Week

We regularly pray for our family and friends when they’re sick and we pray for God’s comfort for those hit by disaster, but how often do you pray for your pastor? Did you know your pastor needs your prayers too? After a great sermon on Sunday, on Monday the pastor rests, but on Tuesday the

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The Inner Circle

People are attracted to charismatic leaders.  Some even strive to be a part of their “inner circle” to feel important.  Many pastors have been blessed with a charismatic leadership style, and often without their knowing it, may appear to have an inner circle as well. Maybe you’ve wanted to share with your pastor how much

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What do You Expect?

In the book, Pastors are People Too, authors Jimmy Dodd and Larry Magnuson suggest that we, as churchgoers,  each make a list of 20 expectations we have for our pastors.  Your list might include things like: he should deliver powerful and relevant sermons, he should be there if my family has a crisis, he should

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The Life of Riley

Lots of people assume that pastors live the “Life of Riley.” After all, when they’re not jetting around the world speaking at churches and visiting missionaries, they’re either out playing golf or lounging in their office reading or chatting with church members and staff, right? Not quite.

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A Vacation Interrupted

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a pastor.  You love your work and your congregation. You also love your family and are looking forward to your upcoming vacation when you’ll be able to spend a whole week, uninterrupted, with your wife and kids. The hotel is booked, the car is packed and, as soon

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Joyful Things, Stressful Things

Most of us think of spring as a joyful time when everything comes to life and brilliant colors abound.  However, it’s also a time when stress can creep in and spoil the day. While students are preparing for final exams and graduations, parents are trying to budget for summer vacations and make child care arrangements

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Love and Marriage

Perhaps no marriage relationship is more at risk of spiritual attack than the marriage between a pastor and his wife. Think about it, the enemy could not only destroy a sacred relationship between spouses, but also an entire ministry if given a foothold in your pastor’s marriage. Sadly, there are countless families and ministries that

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