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Why did I take the whole month of July off from all ministry?

As many of you know, I wear three ministry hats.  I am the Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church, the founder and ministry director of Practical Shepherding, and now run the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at SBTS.  The rigors

Posted in Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul

How can your church care for widows and singles as Thanksgiving approaches?

The best way to care for those in our church who may be alone on Thanksgiving is to invite them to your family gathering, or find others in your church who would be willing to take them in.  This takes

Posted in Caring for Widows, Discipleship, Home and Family

How can a pastor’s wife encourage her husband’s efforts to shepherd their children?

Here is some excellent, insightful advice from my wife to pastor’s wives on this matter:   Wives we play a very important role in this process.  First, we need to encourage our husbands in doing this.  One way this can

Posted in Home and Family

How do I encourage my pastor?

Based on the emails, notes, and phone calls I continue to get, trust me…your pastor needs encouragement.  He needs to know that what he does week in and week out means something to God as well as those for whom he

Posted in Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul
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