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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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  • Can the prophet be critiqued?

    Apr 21, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | In my last blog post, I considered “Can any of us be critiqued?” The blog post asked the question of whether we can be critiqued in the performance of ministry. Many of us like the prophetic role of critiquing systems, structures, and unjust individuals, but how do we respond when someone “prophesies” against our systems, structures, behavior, or ideas.

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  • Raising pastors’ children in the congregation, Part Two

    Apr 07, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my last blog post, I explained some of the difficulty pastors’ children have when the congregation expects them to be perfect. In this blog post, I want to give three strategies that may be helpful in raising pastors’ children in the public eye of a congregation as a response to the questions posed by Thom Rainer in his blog post, “Pastors’ Kids: Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children."

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