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  • Confidentially speaking: A ministry to clergy spouses and families, Part Four

    Feb 10, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my last three blog posts I shared, from my own experience as a pastor’s wife, that the number one issue many spouses face while in ministry is that of loneliness in the midst of their congregations. I described how spouses felt so isolated and unappreciated for the sacrifices they made for the church, and, though they had listened to many others, there was no reciprocation.

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  • A call for prayer for the Preachers of LA

    Jan 27, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Paula L. McGee, guest blogger | Preachers of LA chronicles the lives of several megachurch celebrity pastors. Five out of the six pastors are African American. The show supposedly captures the everyday “reality” of these pastors. But most of the scenes are scripted by the producers. Like many other viewers, I found myself entertained, and I liked seeing familiar black faces on the screen.

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  • Confidentially speaking: A ministry to clergy spouses and families, Part Three

    Jan 13, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | If you remember, in my last blog post about pastors’ spouses (female), I shared the number one issue many spouses face while in ministry: that of loneliness in the midst of their congregations. I now want to share how I changed the balance of care for myself that brought me back to wholeness. I followed principles, created strategies, and practiced techniques that were reasonable for self-care.

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  • Why is the church so silent?

    Dec 30, 2013 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | One of the issues that many people are debating is the relevancy of the church in this postmodern world. Relevancy has to do with speaking and acting on the issues and concerns that are most critical to people’s lives. I wonder what is more relevant for people’s lives than healthcare and, as a result, why the church is basically silent on this critical issue.

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  • Confidentially speaking: A ministry to clergy spouses and families, Part Two

    Dec 16, 2013 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | My last blog post gave you a glimpse of the churches I served with my clergy husband, and how I came to my passion for pastor’s spouses. I mentioned some of challenges I faced and how I came to understand the importance of taking care of self first. In this blog post I will share the number one issue many clergy spouses face in ministry—loneliness in the midst of their congregations.

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