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How to Respond When Tragedy Strikes

By James Ludlow

James Ludlow, senior pastor of Eastpointe (Bonney Lake II Foursquare Church) in Puyallup, Wash., has learned to walk through tragedy following a string of horrific events that affected his church and community. He shares practical guidance on how to best respond when bad things happen.

 
 

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Slowing Down Can Lead to Healthy Lives and Leadership

By Serafín Contreras Galeano

As pastors, it’s easy to fall beneath ministerial pressure. But how can we find success in maintaining healthy lives, leadership and families? In this bilingual (English and Spanish) message, Dr. Serafín Contreras Galeano shares practical steps to maintain balance and health.

 
 

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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.

 
 

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Those Dreaded Holidays

By Louie D. Locke

Louie D. Locke, co-pastor with his wife, Joni, of Hillside, a Foursquare church in Reno, Nevada, speaks candidly about how he used to totally dread the Thanksgiving holiday. To him, it was more overwhelming than heartwarming. But then a young woman named Julia, a guest from Germany, entered his family’s home, and everything changed.

 
 

Your Questions

Broke and Scared: Is God Ever Going to Show Up for Me?

By Greg Dueker

What do you do when it seems like God hasn’t been paying attention to what you’re going through? One faithful believer asks that question, following an intensely difficult year where the economy personally tanked his income. So far, God hasn’t come through for him, or so it seems. Where is He? Greg Dueker, an ordained Foursquare minister, addresses this tough issue with grace and practicality.

 
 

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Hope Despite Broken Dreams: Kristen Richburg

By Kristen Richburg

When Kristen Richburg adopted a little girl from Thailand, it seemed to be a dream come true. Soon after, however, the dream turned into a nightmare. Kristen was forced to relinquish her adopted daughter and was thrust into a pit of guilt and grief. Here she candidly shares her story of healing in the face of overwhelming loss.

 
 

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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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Tips to Ministry Survival

By Charles Stone

From his new book, “Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them,” Charles Stone gives encouragement to leaders as they face the unique challenges of pastoring. Ministry can be tough—but if you hang in there and honor Christ in all you do, the author contends, it’ll all be worth it.

 
 

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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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