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If this post is not displaying correctly, view the original post here: Steps To Better Pastoral Care During The First Year Of GriefToday would have been their wedding anniversary. Two months ago his birthday passed, and no one from the church remembered as she grieved in silence. Will anyo…
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I am honored to write for a new worship site that is on the cutting edge of ministry in New England. It is called The John Samuel Group. Here’s my latest post for them. I have a book sitting on my shelf. It’s been sitting there since 2003. It’s been
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The morning of our fourth child’s birth, I was three weeks into a new city, new church, and new staff position. Before my wife went back for a C-section, three ministers from our new church came to pray with us. They said they would stay. I remember saying, “It’s going
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oday would have been their wedding anniversary. Two months ago his birthday passed, and no one from the church remembered as she grieved in silence. Will anyone mention their anniversary today? The first year of grieving the loss of a loved one is filled with firsts: the first birthday wit…
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More and more seminaries and denominations are requiring clinical pastoral education in hospital settings. Whether it is required for you or not, I HIGHLY recommend CPE for all future pastors and church program staff members. Here are a few things a CPE student can hope to take away from t…
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More and more seminaries and denominations are requiring clinical pastoral education in hospital settings. Whether it is required for you or not, I HIGHLY recommend CPE for all future pastors and church program staff members. Here are a few things a CPE student can hope to take away from t…
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I am by inclination a curmudgeonly, cynical man, inherently afraid of life and the people who populate this world.  If you don’t believe me, then ask Linda what I’m like first thing in the morning.  My faith in God owes much to the simple fact that I wake u…
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Let me say up front that I’m not a true “gamer.” I play video games with my kids, but I have friends that stay up until 2 or 3 am playing games and are true gamers – that’s not me. With that being said, I want to offer some pastoral
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It’s an odd experience, really. One day in July 2009 I was serving as a pastor and on a daily basis, still after thirty years or so, trying to figure it out week by week and sometimes day by day. No one act of pastoral ministry, no one conversation
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Early on in ministry, I suffered from pastoral agoraphobia. After two years as an associate of a growing church, the senior pastor left and I was asked to take his spot, actually voted in by the congregation. I soon realized my gift of church growth. I grew the church