When it comes to intellectual property rights, pastors and churches have three basic options: 1. A pastor can set up a separate nonprofit ministry, which holds the copyright to his sermons. 2. The pastor does all the writing—for sermons and for books—on personal time, using his or her own computer and software. 3. The pastor can assign all the rights to the church.
My struggle with depression is not the result of being a pastor’s wife. If my husband was in another vocation I believe I would still struggle. However, being a pastor’s wife (as well as being a pastor) intensifies this struggle. The exhausting nature of caring for the church, the temptation to carry the burdens of those who are struggling in our midst, the demands on our time and on our family, and the spiritual battle that we daily face all contribute to exhaustion and vulnerability. This exhaustion is especially intensified as we try to do all of these things in our own strength, apart from God. Therefore, finding pastors and their wives struggling with depression is not uncommon.
Through the proliferation of personal and professional blogs, Twitter accounts, and Facebook pages, news now travels faster and wider than ever before. People can share the latest headline, their favorite recipe, their most passionate cause, or their most intimate feelings.
If you are a leader, you will be criticized. If you are not being criticized, you are probably not a leader. The issue is not whether or not you will be the subject of criticism; the greater issue is how you should respond.
LifeWay Films is offering pastors a free preview on February 12 & 14 of a movie from City On A Hill and Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. This film will be offered free for churches to show on demand from March 12-16.
The film is a powerful drama that equips churchgoers to help people wrestling with grief and pain. A moment of crisis changes everything. One stormy night a sudden, shattering collision takes an innocent life. Now six people find their paths intertwined by the accident and hard questions reflected in their own lives. Why do such tragedies occur? If God is good, why does He allow so much pain? As each of them struggle through the aftermath, threads of hope and faith and the support of close friends become the lifeline to a strength they could never find alone. Nationally esteemed pastor and author Bob Russell is featured as himself in a powerfully dramatic film that brings his teachings to vivid life.