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Spiritual Reading for Your Sabbatical

Reading for Your Sabbatical - PastorServe

One of the things that renews our soul, quickens our minds and refreshes our spirits is reading godly material, especially God’s Word. Paul said, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s…

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Writing a Sabbatical Policy

The Church Pastor's Sabbatical

Every church should have a sabbatical policy. The concept of sabbatical is rooted in Scripture. Every hard-working pastor who’s been at a church for a few years comes to the point where they need a sabbatical. Even secular businesses are beginning to see the need for sabbaticals. However, many churches have not thought through the…

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Pastors Need to Take a Sabbatical

Pastors Need to Take a Sabbatical

It is tough being a pastor! It’s tough being in full-time ministry! We think its hard now, but it has always been a challenge. Look at what Paul said about his ministry, 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 (NIV) 23  … I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed…

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The Pastor and Generosity

The Pastor and Generosity

Most pastors aren’t paid enough.  They work as hard if not harder than the people they serve, and yet their income is often below those they serve. As a result, sometimes being financially generous as a pastor is a challenge. Tithing can seem like impossibility.  We may preach the concept of tithing, but have a…

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The Ministry of Preaching Reminders

Preaching Reminders - PastorServe

For my 30th wedding anniversary my wife gave me a smart watch. It’s called a Pebble Time. I like it a lot. One of the things I like about it is, that it gives me reminder notifications. About 30 minutes before an appointment, my watch buzzes and a notice comes up that says, “Hey, stupid!…

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Watching for the Light

Watching for the Light - Advent | PastorServe

The Journey through Advent to Christmas It’s getting to be that time of year when the days get shorter and it’s dark more hours than it is light. For some people, this time of year can trigger depression. In fact, according to Norman Rosenthal, MD, 6% of the US population, primarily in northern climates, is affected…

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The Beach Ball Effect: PART 3

Beach Ball Effect - PastorServe

In the last Blog called the Beach Ball Effect, we discussed how feelings are like a beach ball.  When we suppress them, it is like pushing the beach ball under the water.  If those feelings are not dealt with, they pop out, usually hitting whoever is nearby when our emotions get vented. There are several…

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The Beach Ball Effect: PART 2

Beach Ball Effect - PastorServe

  In the last Blog called the Beach Ball Effect, we discussed how feelings are like a beach ball.  When we suppress them, it is like pushing the beach ball under the water.  If those feelings are not dealt with, they pop out, usually hitting whoever is nearby when our emotions get vented. There are…

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The Beach Ball Effect: PART 1

Beach Ball Effect - PastorServe

As you drive to work, you realize you are 15 minutes late to an important appointment with a big giver in your church. You seem to hit every stoplight along the way and you become more and more frustrated. You finally arrive at the church and put on a happy face for your meeting.  He…

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