It is astonishing how many Christians limp through life in utter defeat, never experiencing the life of victory or the full joy of their salvation because they listen to and believe the lies of Satan. Their lives are filled with fear, anxiety, worry and stress. The Bible says that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) and that he roams around like a prowling lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He will go after your mind, your appearance, your identity, your character – heck, even your salvation, especially the latter! That’s why God tells you to be on your guard and let your mind be under the control and influence of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:6). It’s time for you to apply God’s Word, as it speaks against fear and anxiety, and to start walking in Christ’s victory. (more…)
Everyone suffers from discouragement. Fear and anxiety are commonplace in the secular world, but also in ministry. Avoiding discouragement in ministry is a priority for countless pastors and ministry teams around the world. It can come from burnout, lack of prioritization, or inability to delegate. Most of the time, it also originates from Christians placing such high expectations on other Christians to behave like perfect Christians, so that when we do step out of line, or make the wrong move, everyone is more than devastated.Then there is the all too familiar spiritual aspect of discouragement, which we know, originates from the pits of Hell. Is it possible to avoid discouragement in ministry altogether? We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how it affects us. How can we be more proactive in combatting ministry burnout and, especially, discouragement?
Here are ten ways pastors, worship leaders, and ministry teams can stand fast against discouragement in this new year! (more…)
Encouragement comes in many forms, and while the act of “one-another” fellowship typically involves a physical assembly of two or more, we cannot discount the benefits of offering virtual support and inspiration. Your website has the potential to present refreshment to the weary, quiet answers to those seeking, and just good in-between inspiration and hope to a community of believers endeavoring to make sense of it all. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Here are some practical ways to offer encouragement using your church website: (more…)
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Pastors are a misunderstood lot. Whether you are a pastor or have a pastor, you may have experienced some of this misunderstanding. A lot of people have a lot to say about how the pastor can do his job better. We’re not going to attempt that right now. Instead, we’re going to share a bit of advice that could save your pastor from burnout, and make his life a whole lot easier. (more…)
It is customary in many churches to encourage young people to enter the ministry. Some ministers go so far as to say that being a pastor is God’s “highest calling,” and “there’s no greater job.” While these claims are dubious at best, there is nothing wrong with encouraging people to consider the ministry, as long as you’re not encouraging too hard.