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Pastor Jan's Corner: July

Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew (#2 in a short series)

Image result for Spiritual renewalIt should come as no surprise that pastors sometimes find themselves spiritually empty. That is a handicap, not only personally, but when it comes to offering spiritual leadership to others, running on empty is woeful. As with any attempt at staying healthy, good practices need to part of our discipline and routine. I’ll share four ways that I work at renewing my soul:

--Attending at least one annual professional growth event which interests me and hopefully “fuels” me;

--I am a certified “spiritual director”, having trained through Oasis Ministries. In order to offer “direction” to others, I also sit with my own spiritual guide to talk about ways that God is actively at work in my life. Recently I retreated with other spiritual directors from across the denomination as we prayed, worshiped, studied and listened to each other.

-- I read, pray, and network with other ministers. Yes, we share ideas, compare notes, and offer support to each other, especially in difficult times.

-- I attempt to stay physically active and healthy. (This is one that requires deliberate discipline on my part. Oh, those brownies!)

Pastors wish that our congregations might surround us in on-going prayer for renewal and replenishment as we share in ministry together.

                                  Blessings to all of us,

                                  Pastor Jan


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