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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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  • The $500,000 dollar girl

    Mar 24, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Vanetta Rather | This passage of scripture sums up both the problem and the solution surrounding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The sex trafficking of minors is organized crime against youth. It is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services through prostitution, pornography, stripping, and other sexual acts.

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  • Raising pastors’ children in the congregation, Part One

    Mar 10, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I recently came across a blog with an article entitled “Pastors’ Kids: Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children” from Thom Rainer. The article listed seven comments from an informal survey of pastors and their spouses on the issue of their children being held to a different standard than any other child in a congregation.

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