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Lesson Seven: Ministry Threatens the Joy of Life in Community

(Reading time: one minute. It’s Christmas!) Families Pay a Price Your family pays a price for your ministry. Nearly every pastor’s wife, when retirement approaches, reports that the pastor’s family endured significant stress because of the demands of ministry. The most anxiety filled Christmas season ever only accentuates the point. Read More

Where Two or Three Gather…

A Word from the Lord While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Read More

God Wrote Down Your Name!

A Word from the Lord Jesus said, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:20 A Word of Encouragement Good days in ministry. Rough days in ministry. Through it all, God’s promise endures. In baptismal grace, your name… Read More

The JOY of Goodness

A Word from the Lord Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” John 4:32 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. When you enjoy the daily feast of God’s Word, you are enjoying the food from heaven that builds… Read More

The JOY of Faithfulness

A Word from the Lord Jesus replied, “You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. Faith trusts God to provide. God’s people give generously because of their faithfulness. Even when it seems there is nothing to eat, the Lord… Read More

The JOY of Kindness

A Word from the Lord When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is kindness. Someone you meet today… Read More

Lesson Six: Ministry Threatens the Joy of Life with God

“Don’t Try This Alone.” That was Lesson Four on the journey to wellness for church workers. We need each other. But even more than each other, we need the Lord. The tragedy of a life in ministry is that so many ministers work so hard and get so busy doing… Read More

A New Book and Online Virtual Retreats!

A New Book and Online Virtual Retreats! “Reclaiming the Joy of Ministry” and The Grace Place Wellness Community 2020 has been a year of radical transformation for us at Grace Place Wellness Ministries. In December 2019, Darrell Zimmerman assumed the responsibilities of President/CEO in addition to his Program Director… Read More

The JOY of love

A Word from the Lord Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” John 21:7 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is love. Who is the disciple whom Jesus loved? It’s YOU! In the challenges that today brings, pause often to remember… Read More

The JOY of Patience

A Word from the Lord Jesus asked the disciples, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Mark 9:33-34 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of the Spirit is patience. Those closest to us… Read More

The JOY of Gentleness

A Word from the Lord Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15 A Word of Encouragement The fruit of… Read More

Sometimes the teacher is the learner!

A Word from the Lord “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:11-12 A Word of Encouragement What a joy it is… Read More