Most of us in ministry can be tempted to try too hard. We tend to put too much time, worry, and stress to make people happy. This can get exhausting and turn into burn-out. Over-preparing is a way that we deal with the anxiety. Join Bill and Kristi as they share a blessing of prayer and affirmation for leaders and share their journey of learning to depend on the Lord in ministry settings.
Sometimes when you are in relationship with people and pouring into them, they have the power to hurt you, and it can feel like a betrayal. During times like this, it’s helpful to share with someone who can give you empathy and objectivity. Bill and Kristi share from their own experiences and their search for true joy during times of trial.
Church scandals can create growing pain and disillusionment with fallen leaders and systems. A pastor asked Bill, “How can we stay hopeful and healthy and non-judgmental while also processing the sadness, anger and diminished trust?” Join in on the conversation as Bill and Kristi address this difficult topic.
Sometimes as pastors and leaders, we can carry hidden shame that only very few people know about. In this episode, Bill shares a story of a pastor who was struggling with doubts about his own personal relationship with Jesus. Join in on the conversation as Bill & Kristi further unpack this pastor’s journey from feeling shame to discovering peace in Christ.
Pastors, ministry leaders, and others who are strongly committed to following Christ seem to be the most susceptible to perfectionism. We can help ourselves by being honest about the ways that our perfectionism has gotten out of control. Join us as Bill shares stories about his “perfectionism” and how Kristi helped him to process and find freedom in Christ.
Trying to please everyone can get exhausting, wearing you out and hurting the people you’re trying to please! As pastors and leaders in ministry, it is easy to slip into this well intentioned but unhealthy pattern. Join Bill & Kristi as they vulnerably share from their own experience identifying and correcting this threat to harmony in their family.
Compassion fatigue is real! It is significant and will take a toll on your family, your marriage and your soul! Not having boundaries can take a toll that has a ripple effect through all of our relationships. Join Bill & Kristi in a honest, grace filled conversation about healthy boundaries in life and ministry.
In their ministry to pastors and leaders, Bill & Kristi have been amazed how many find themselves feeling like they are failing in ministry and in life! Whether we are “feeling” as though we failed, or we have in fact failed at something, in Christ, failure is not fatal! Join Bill & Kristi in a vulnerable, honest conversation on what it means to receive empathy from Jesus and how beautiful the redemption is when we trust him.
The anticipated conclusion of Bill & Kristi’s vulnerable conversation reflecting on their own journey in ministry and the challenges of finding balance in the pursuit of Jesus and the work of the ministry. This is part 2 of a 2 part conversation inspired by Dallas Willard’s new book, Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23.