How to Keep the Pastor You Love

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InterVarsity Press, 2002 M06 11 - 191 pages
Who cares for your pastor in times of special need? What can you do to help your pastor's family on a regular basis? Are there steps you can take to ensure your pastor is personally and spiritually nurtured? While Paul urges the church to "overwhelm them with appreciation and love" (1 Thessalonians 5:13), research and anecdotal evidence shows that most pastors experience little support when they need it the most. The result? One long-time pastor reports that he thinks about quitting the ministry as often as twice a week, and an estimated twenty-five percent of all ministers relocate every year. In How to Keep the Pastor You Love Jane Rubietta explores the "flip side" of pastoral care--caring for your pastor. She breaks down the largely unexamined myth of the superhuman pastor. And she provides everything you need to know to build healthy, caring, mutually sustaining relationships among your church and its leaders. Ministers and their families can profitably read the book along with lay leaders to become more aware of where they need the help and encouragement of their congregations. Questions at the end of each chapter guide pastoral families in reflecting on their own experiences--both positive and negative--of life in the church.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
A New Definition for Pastoral Care
17
The Welcome Mat
27
Communication in the Church
39
Beyond the Sunday Sermon
51
Stress Burnout
62
Single Clergy
69
Creating a Place for the Children
88
Ministry Church Accountability
96
Hearth Home
104
When the Ends Dont Meet
116
Building Better Clergy Compensation
126
Crisis Care
138
Great Goodbyes
148
Appendix A How to Pray for Your Pastor
156

The Paragon of the Pews or How to Really Love Your Pastors Spouse
75

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About the author (2002)

Based in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Jane Rubietta is a popular retreat speaker and the author of Quiet Places, Still Waters and Between Two Gardens (Bethany House), and How to Keep the Pastor You Love, Grace Points and Resting Place (InterVarsity Press). Her website is janerubietta.com.

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