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Departures, Desertions, and Pastoral Suffering


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To be a pastor is to experience euphoric peaks and dark valleys. Often the most discouraging and depressing moments for pastors come when those they have served depart or desert the church. It often brings up questions about identity, endurance and calling, all summarized by "pastoral suffering." This session will explore how the Apostle Paul navigated the same experiences and applied the gospel in powerful ways to the struggles of ministry. More importantly, the session is designed to impart hope to any pastors suffering under the cloud of a painful separation, or wanting to be equipped to help others cope with the loss of those they love. Click here to download the outline for this session.

This audio is from a breakout session from the 2015 National Conference, “Side by Side: How God Helps Us Help Each Other.”