Responding to Abuse

What does the Bible teach about responding to abuse? There’s a lot of confusion on this. God’s wisdom is uncommon today. On the one extreme, some people suffer from depression, fear, and shame because they think that as Christians they should tolerate or even submit to abuse. This is a misunderstanding of the Bible! God does…

Caught in the Internet’s Web

Millions of people use the Internet compulsively. Internet Addiction Services estimates that 6 to 10% of Internet users are addicted. Addicted to the Internet? Yes. It’s a New World Today we have so many ways to connect online: televisions, desktop computers, lap tops, tablets, and smart phones. It seems the Internet is everywhere we go. Within…

Optimal Stress

Stress is part of life and it’s certainly part of ministry to others. Most of the pastors, ministry leaders, and caregivers that we talk with have a lot of plates they’re trying to keep spinning in the air! The statistics on Pastor Stress are alarming. For instance, one study showed that on average a pastor…

Jesus Set Boundaries

We talk with pastors, leaders, counselors, parents and other care-givers who are struggling to be “cheerful givers” (2 Corinthians 9:7). In their helping of others they’ve become tired, stressed, or burned out. Problems with setting boundaries are a main reason why many pastors and leaders experience overwhelming ministry stress and eventually burnout. Most people are…

Psychotherapy was a Gift of God’s Grace to Me

As a new parent, young ministry leader, and recently licensed Psychologist I was doing my best to serve Christ but I was struggling with anxiety and depression. God led me to move from the psychotherapist’s chair to the client’s couch. I sought help in my own psychotherapy. Ministry Leaders Need to be Led Being in…