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  • The role of the pastor’s spouse in influencing health and wellness in the congregation, Part Two

    Jun 30, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Pastors’ spouses really do have their own level of influence that is an attraction to many church members. Sometimes their influence is something that even they don’t understand, except that people often tell them how much they appreciate the way they carry themselves or do certain things. I remember when my husband demonstrated a level of excitement after a sermon that neither I nor the congregation had seen in him before.

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  • An intimate relationship with Flunk, Part Two

    Jun 16, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | Every preaching assignment is a big occasion, and therefore has the potential for Flunk, but some sermons, lectures, etc. are bigger and more important occasions. For example, when we Flunk at home, redemption is always readily available. Our members love us and they say things like, “Pastor cannot hit a home run every week. Even professional baseball players strike out one out of every three times at bat.”

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  • The role of the pastor’s spouse in influencing health and wellness in the congregation, Part One

    Jun 02, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas| Last year, I attended a conference supported by a Faith and Health Initiative of the American Heart Association entitled “How Faith-Based Organizations Can Influence Congregations to Live Healthy Lives.” The conference audience reflected various faith-based organizations, but the church was mostly represented because organizers strategized that the church had more direct week-to-week impact on how people live their lives.

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  • An intimate relationship with Flunk, Part One

    May 19, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | I first heard the word “Flunk” years ago from one of my mentors. I was in seminary, and did not have much of a preaching calendar, but he was schooling me in some of the basics of preaching. I remember him saying about one of his preaching experiences something to the effect of, "Flunk came in and sat on the last row and would not leave."

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  • A self-care check-in

    May 05, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | Now that the winter is fading and spring is here, the weather is starting to be more pleasurable for working on self-care, especially since we can include outdoor activities. This time of year is a great opportunity to begin developing your plans or setting goals for how you will revitalize your health. I wanted to check in to see how things are going with your taking care of yourself (clergy and family).

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