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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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  • Leavings, endings, and letting go

    Dec 02, 2013 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | I write this on the Saturday evening before I will deliver “Leavings, Endings, and Letting Go,” my final sermon at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. After tomorrow, for the first time in thirty-one years, I will no longer have a dedicated Sunday morning post to preach as pastor and leader of a congregation.

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

    Nov 18, 2013 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | I am a retired pastor’s wife of 31 years, and I have seen, experienced, and survived the challenges that come in ministry. With my spouse, I have served two congregations, one that was small and grew large and one that was already large and established. One was in the North and the other in the South.

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  • From victim to victor

    Nov 04, 2013 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Frank A. Thomas | One of the gifts that God has given me is preaching. Usually I preach with energy, passion, strength, confidence, insight, and clarity. Across the life of my ministry, the feedback consistently has been that I have been a high-quality preacher. All of a sudden, I noticed that my preaching was not uplifting and inspiring to me, and if not uplifting and inspiring to me, in all probability it was not to anyone else either.

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