Ministry life is challenging – to say the least. Many pastors need encouragement as they face a time of uncertainty, crisis or transition. Drawing from the experience and wisdom of those who deeply care for the lives of pastors, their families and the local church, these podcasts speak to many of the core issues facing today’s ministry leader. Join the PIR Staff and others as they offer a message of Gospel hope as well as insights on how pastors can protect their future and guard their present.
Ministry abounds with expectations, but what can hide on the dark side of unmet or unrealistic ones can leave a pastor empty and losing heart. Discouragement lies along the path to compassion fatigue and burnout. While disappointment is normal and inevitable, a pastor needs to stand guard against discouragement. In this episode of Hope Renewed we explore where discouragement comes from, and what helps us to stand strong in the battle of hope.
This is the third installment of our discussion of Sean Nemecek’s article Searching for Shalom:The Importance of Sabbath Rest. Sean shares his experience of finding shalom in sabbath-keeping, as well as resources and tips for pastors to faithfully practice and develop sabbath rhythms in their life.
As we all navigate the impact brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, pastors and ministry leaders have unique issues before them. In this special episode of "Hope Renewed", Sean Nemecek and Tom Jameson talk about the wide-ranging challenges faced by church leadership in these unusual days, and how we might live best in and through them.
Pursuing Sabbath rest is an easily understood priority for a pastor. The tricky part is just how that actually gets done! In this continuation of a conversation with Sean Nemecek (pastorsoul.com) we explore the practical side of how to build Sabbath into a busy ministry lifestyle.
How well do Pastors care for their own soul, and just how is that done? In this first of 3 installments we talk with Sean Nemecek. Sean writes and resources on his website “The Pastor’s Soul” (www.pastorsoul.com) and is the newest Regional Director with PIR Ministries. Sean shares from his article “Searching for Shalom: The Importance of Sabbath Rest.”
Everyone in ministry has great hopes because we serve a great God! But what happens when the plans, programs and people you invest in fall well short of your hopes? Disappointments and let-downs can take a toll on our hearts, leading to a kind of sickness that robs us of our joy and passion in serving the Lord. In this episode of “Hope Renewed,” we explore the reality of deferred hopes and the remedy for a sick heart.
In the second part of our conversation with new PIR Board member Dr. Zack Eswine, he shares insight and encouragement for pastors and ministry leaders from his experience in life and ministry. Part 2 of 2.
PIR Ministries is happy to welcome Dr. Zack Eswine to our Board of Directors. We sat down with Zack and asked his perspective on the ministry of PIR and what he sees as the challenges facing pastors today. Part 1 of 2.
Sometimes we need to be reminded of basic truths about ourselves so we can be freed and encouraged to serve God with great joy. In this episode of “Hope Renewed” we offer 6 fundamentals of being human that can too easily get lost in ministry, and reminder that you are a person who fills a role.
Misunderstandings in ministry are all too common. What you say and what others hear can be two completely different things! How aware are you of that possibility, and the role you play? In this episode of Hope Renewed we consider the causes and cures that surround the Perception Gap.
An exit from ministry can cause trust to become a debilitating issue for pastors. In this episode of Hope Renewed we explore some signs to look for that trust has been lost, and ways to encourage and build trust as you seek healing and restoration.
Pastoral ministry can be very rewarding but feel very lonely. In this episode of Hope Renewed, we look at the realities and dangers of isolation in ministry and explore healthy ways to stay connected with God and others.
Just as we need a sense of our physical condition to know when we need a doctor, we must regularly assess the condition of our heart to stay in good spiritual health. In this episode, we explore some helpful questions and practices of Self Examination that can keep us from ministry maladies and spiritual sickness.
The idea and principle of Sabbath keeping is often incredibly difficult for ministry leaders to put into practice. Like Martha, the many good and necessary things of life can distract us from what’s best. Sabbath is about choosing the best among all the good and necessary things of life. It nurtures our soul and brings us hope. Roy Yanke continues this theme in this part of his message on Living According to God’s Sabbath Principle.
From the moment of creation, God instilled a pattern – a rhythm – of work and rest for our lives. How well do we embrace that? In a continuation of Roy Yanke’s message on Living According to God’s Sabbath Principle, we’re encouraged to live into God’s perfect plan for His people.