Reading for Your Sabbatical - PastorServe

One of the things that renews our soul, quickens our minds and refreshes our spirits is reading godly, Christo-centric, material. 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 will is–his…

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Perspective Changes Everything

We think we are having a bad day when we spill coffee on our pants, until we learn that our next door neighbor was just diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. Suddenly, that coffee stain doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal. We are furious with ourselves after receiving a speeding ticket on…

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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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PastorServe Pastors Appreciation Breakfast

“For a morning, I felt like a VIP. I felt like someone granted me a backstage pass to do something that most people in our church will never have the opportunity to do. For a morning, I felt incredibly special!” When I hear pastors speak words like that, I realize all the effort was well…

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I never thought it would happen to me

We love doing preventative care. We know, sadly, there will always be a need for crisis care and we are more than willing to do it. We have seen the same sad story too many times to count. Did I say “sad”? Sad is the wrong word – gut wrenching and soul crushing are more…

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Sound Bite Leadership - PastorServe

What are some favorite sound bites that you’ve gleaned from the leadership books you’ve read or the conferences you’ve attended? You know what I’m referring to, right? It’s that one to two-line statement that’s a mic drop moment. Upon hearing it, you turn to a colleague at a conference and say, “Wow, that was worth…

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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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24/7 Tennis - PastorServe

I had a good laugh during the recent PastorServe Haiti pastor’s conference. Posted at the reception desk of the hotel was a sign promoting tennis lessons for a mere $5 per hour. The sign read, “Tennis instructor available 24/7. $5 per hour. Please contact reception for reservation.” I let the receptionist know that I wanted to…

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Jimmy Dodd Podcast PastorServe

  The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving in Ministry Boils Down to 6 Crucial Relationships        Jimmy shared the biggest lie pastors believe and the six relationships every pastor needs. Big Questions: What are the six relationships every pastor should have? How can pastors cultivate deep true friendships? What is the biggest lie…

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Pastors need 3 things

Sometimes the news recycles – and the second time around can hurt worse than the first. There was a story that hit me hard in 2013. Teddy Parker, 42, a pastor in Macon, Ga., died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the driveway of his home while his members at Mount Zion Baptist Church and…

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