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Is Your Lifestyle a Recipe for a Breakdown?

By Paul Kuzma

Add together workaholism, perfectionism, a busy family life, myriad ministry activities, an overscheduled calendar and some stressful situations, and what do you have? A recipe for disaster. Foursquare Pastor Paul Kuzma shares from his own experience how an emotional and physical breakdown happens, how to recover from it—and, more important, how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

 
 

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Three Relationships Every Pastor Needs

By Bill Gross

Too many pastors suffer from loneliness in ministry. After a while, that loneliness exacts a heavy toll. But what’s the cure? It lies in fostering three types of connections: friends, mentors and rabbis. Here’s some practical advice on finding relationships that will make you, and your ministry, healthy.

 
 

Devotionals

The One Thing That’s Needed

By Tristan Fenholt

Serving the Lord is a good thing. But if we’re not careful, in our service we can become distracted from what matters most, ending up stressed out and burned out. Youth Pastor Tristan Fenholt shares a familiar story from the book of Luke that’s a good reminder to all of us, regardless of how long we’ve been in the ministry.

 
 

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Identity Crisis: One Pastor’s Story

By Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer was preaching about living the Christian life and getting to heaven, but inside he was living a kind of hell on Earth. Ministry was killing him. From his new book, “Whole Life Transformation,” he shares how he faced the issues that were causing personal destruction, and how he got his life back.

 
 

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Ministry Burnout (Part 3): An Ounce of Prevention

By Bill Shepson

In Part 3 of a new three-part series exclusive to Foursquare, several leaders discuss how to prevent pastoral burnout from happening. It takes courage, initiative and honesty, but burnout can be successfully avoided. After all, prevention is always better than intervention that may come too late.

 
 

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Ministry Burnout (Part 2): The Signs and the Cure

By Bill Shepson

In Part 2 of a new three-part series exclusive to Foursquare, we examine the signs of pastoral burnout, as well as practical “first steps” one can take to climb out of the quagmire. We also cover how Foursquare’s Center for Spiritual Renewal can help.

 
 

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Ministry Burnout (Part 1): Examining the Threat

By Bill Shepson

In a new three-part series exclusive to Foursquare, we take a close look at the growing problem of pastoral burnout. Dissecting the statistics and exploring the topic with leaders in our denomination, we’ll examine its signs, how to heal from it, and how to prevent it in the first place.