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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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Foursquare Leaders Share Secrets to Being Content

By Allyson Siwajian

We asked Foursquare leaders around the world to share their tips, ideas and best advice on how to live well. In this segment of our “Live Well” series, leaders share the keys they have discovered to finding contentment in any situation.

 
 

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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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The Road to Freedom: Dan and Leigh Allen

By Leigh Allen

Dan Allen, a member with his wife, Leigh, of Chapel of Praise in Peru, Ind., was once a functioning alcoholic. The years of heavy drinking took their toll, propelling Dan toward what seemed a certain death in 2011. But God healed him, and now he and Leigh have a powerful message to share with others: God can heal you and set you free.

 
 

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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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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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.

 
 
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