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FILE - Stacie Wood and her husband, Andy Wood, stand for a portrait on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Stacie Wood, the woman pastor at the center of the Southern Baptist Convention's decision to oust Saddleback Church, has said in February 2023, she will continue to serve as a ministry leader despite her longstanding ties to the nation's largest Protestant denomination. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File)

Should women hold ministry leadership positions?

A wooden sign points in three directions: this way, that way, and the other way—indicative of a pastor's search for their calling.

Pastor, what is your unique calling?

Seven wooden figures are perched on a wooden seesaw, three on the left, three on the right, and one painted blue in the middle symbolizing conflict avoidant pastors and church leaders. © By Andrii Yalanskyi/stock.adobe.com

Why I tend to be conflict avoidant

Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Jason Kidd watches his players from the bench in the first half of an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

Pastoring is not a spectator sport

A thoughtful older man with gray hair in a gray sport coat rests his left hand on his chin while looking down in a pensive mood. © By insta_photos/stock.adobe.com

How to face life’s hardest questions

Open palms face the sky symbolizing a pastor making an appointment with gratitude toward God despite the inevitable disappointments of life and ministry. © By Lemonsoup14/stock.adobe.com

Pastor, you will be disappointed. Turn it into an appointment with gratitude.

A man in an office, sitting in front of his open laptop, pinches his nose as he removes his glasses in a sign of stress. Many executives, including pastors, experience Toxic Stress Load. © By baranq/stock.adobe.com

Why pastors are especially prone to “Toxic Stress Load” and what to do about it

A woman forms her hands to make a heart shape with a football stadium in the background. © By WavebreakMediaMicro/stock.adobe.com. Both Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl can remind us of God's love.

What do Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl have in common?

Close-up of a golfer wearing a golf glove placing a golf ball on a tee, with an iron in the background. © By sculpies/stock.adobe.com

Are most pastors insecure? What it means to be a secure leader

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For pastors: An antidote to cultural discouragement

A long road leads to a lone white church in Hellissandur, Iceland. © Blue Planet Studio/stock.adobe.com

How to choose a church—or leave one

Seven white paper airplanes form a circle, but a single red paper airplane chooses its own path, flying up and to the left. © By Memed ÖZASLAN/stock.adobe.com

Pastor, should you “change your life every decade”?

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What to do when church members ghost your church

A busy man talks on his phone while looking at his watch while sitting in front of an open laptop at a coffeeshop. © By NDABCREATIVITY/stock.adobe.com

“The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus”

A pastor behind a pulpit raises his hands as spotlights shine down. © By shoenberg3/stock.adobe.com

Pastor, do you have the faith to be courageously obscure?

A woman holds a Bible open while looking straight ahead. © By pixelheadphoto/stock.adobe.com

Can a woman be a pastor? “40 Questions About Women in Ministry” offers many answers

A man prays alone on a mountaintop against a purple-sky sunrise backdrop. © By ctvvelve/stock.adobe.com

The wrong way to resolve the tension between solitude and service

Open hands hold an open Bible. © By Sevenstock Studio/stock.adobe.com

Should we be holy warriors or ambassadors of Christ?

People gather near the Western Wall in Jerusalem at sunset with the Dome of the Rock in the background. © By rudi1976/stock.adobe.com

Providence in strange places

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Three cultural lies too many Christians still believe

A construction crew lowers a 3 in order to create 2023. © By BillionPhotos.com/stock.adobe.com

Is calling this year “2023” a bit presumptuous?

Crossed legs in festive Christmas socks rest atop a wooden table next to a coffee mug and in front of a Christmas tree and fireplace with a roaring fire. © By magdal3na/stock.adobe.com

The most unique gift: God’s comfort

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The day my father died

Diners sit at umbrella-covered tables sit alongside the Riverwalk in San Antonio at night

Obedient to the last word, open to the next

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