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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 anyone mention their anniversary today? The first year of grieving the loss of a loved one is filled with firsts: the first birthday without him, the first Christma»
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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 to be fine. You all go home, and I’ll update you when she’s out.” They prayed and left. The baby was born successfully. I left the room with our little girl, Blake, and»
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Today 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 without him, the first Christmas without her, the first anniversary alone knowing he will never be back. With the hectic schedules of daily life, it is too easy f»
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Be careful how you treat others, you never know whose hands you are going to fall into. This is a true statement. How many times have we treated someone less than godly only to find ourselves needing them for a project, advice, finances, wisdom, connection, etc.? I remember how I treated one of my business partners. I was awful and certainly less than Christ like. To say the least, he called me out on what I had done. I thought that I covered
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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 their experience: 1) Cultural Sensitivity Training Hospital chaplains are required to serve all patients, to the best of their abilities, regardless of their cul»
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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 their experience: 1) Cultural Sensitivity Training Hospital chaplains are required to serve all patients, to the best of their abilities, regardless of their cul»
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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’»
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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 counsel and advice to church leaders and parents: Be careful what games you let your kids buy and play.I recently had a friend purchase “Grand Theft Auto V.” He got to the third scene and had to take»
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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 from 500 to 300 overnight. My re-occurring dream was walking on the stage to preach on a Sunday morning, and no one was sitting in the high school auditorium where we met—not even»
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Even though we know how important the appointment is, I have not found a single person who looks forward to an annual physical with his or her personal physician.  Whether male or female, the patient has to provide samples of his or her bodily fluids, submit to a list of personal questions, and endure various indignities at the hands of the doctor.  The physician always does this in a personal and caring manner, but I come away with a sense of»