When Anxiety Pulls Your Focus Off of God

What do you do when stress escalates, becoming distress? How about when you feel the white-hot anxiety burn? A husband feels discounted by his wife’s superior intellect so he becomes overly assertive, even slightly aggressive in his posture and mannerisms. A...

Vocational Ministry Takes Toll on Many Ministers

The church is my people, and in the depth of my being I believe the church is the best hope for the world. I gladly take my place in the imperfect, idiosyncratic, international family called the church. I also know that serving her is not for the faint of heart. A lot...

5 Dangerous Paths for Ministers Under Pressure

How quickly our conversations can go from theoretical to all-too-real. I spent a rewarding Wednesday in Tennessee recently on a retreat with 45 ministers and staff members thinking through the unique and profound pressures of ministry in the 21st century. We agreed...

Study: Religion Helps Workers Cope with Stress

New psychological research suggests that employees who are more actively religious are better able to cope with stress and are more likely to report that their lives have meaning. These are the key findings of a study presented on Jan. 9 at the annual conference of...