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Why Is It So Hard to Pray With My Spouse?

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  Admit it. You’d like to be one of those couples that prays together daily, conducts family devotions regularly, and models to others what a spiritual home should look like. But if you’re like us – and most couples we’ve talked to – you’re not quite there. But that doesn’t mean you can’t ever be. […]

Families Need Your Forgiveness

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Late to church again, Jared and Ashley found a parking spot and rushed inside with their toddler and second grader. After stopping at the restroom, checking into Sunday school, and waiting for the ushers to allow latecomers to be seated, dad and mom plopped down in the back of the sanctuary with one prayer in […]

Parent First, Pastor Second

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Years ago, you chose to answer God’s call of ministry in your life and to become a pastor. And your wife either chose to encourage you to step into full-time ministry or she chose to marry you knowing that was where you were heading or already were. But your children . . . they didn’t […]

Hey, Pastor. Who’s Looking Out for YOUR Marriage?

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As a pastor, it could be said that your job boils down to one simple word: relationships. First and foremost, the personal relationships that those in your church and community have with Jesus. The relationships built between the individual members of your church body—how they live life together and work together for the unified purpose […]

Being On Mission On Halloween

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Dad, what are ghosts? My daughter asked her dad this question one morning before school. When my husband replied that ghosts weren’t real, she quickly responded, “My friend says that ghosts are dead people that come back to life.” It is important to be an example to the young people in your life that are […]

The Art of Parenting Little Girls

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The National Study of Youth and Religion[1] indicates that 82% of children raised by parents who talked about faith at home attach great importance to their beliefs and were active in church as adults. Similar studies and surveys show that intentional parenting children in faith matters. Yet John Trent surveyed hundreds of parents and discovered […]

Ways To Keep Kids Engaged

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It can be hard to plan church activities for children during the summer, especially in small churches, because of sports, family vacations, and so forth. Our church will have Vacation Bible School, as will many other churches. But, in addition to whatever Sunday and Wednesday activities the church might provide, what do you plan for […]

So Your Child No Longer Wants To Attend Church

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All parents know children go through various stages (and attitudes), and sometimes a child might say he or she wants to stop attending church. What is a parent supposed to do in that situation? I remember a time when a particular church member was upset because her teenage son didn’t want to attend church anymore. […]

Hey, Pastor! It’s Time To Plan A Getaway!

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At the beginning of each year, I begin thinking about planning a week for my pastor husband and me to get away to unplug and rejuvenate. In our experience, a staycation is not an option—we need to leave town. But where does a pastor take his family for a break from the stresses of ministry? […]