The isolation of pastoral families can soon become loneliness. Perhaps using the following ideas to combat holiday blues will work for you.
It is important that you not become the victim of holiday blues. At a time when we as pastors are given the responsibility of declaring the good news of that first Christmas, it is critical that we do not set ourselves up for holiday depression. Careful and strategic planning can make the Christmas season memorable. Plan carefully and celebrate well.
May the joy and peace promised at that first Christmas be yours!
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.