December 24, 2020

Chrismas is empathy in the flesh

Beginning as children, we are often told the importance of empathy. We are taught not to push other kids on the playground, or take their toys because “how would you like it if they did that to you?” This is usually our first brush…
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building a sustainable life.

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Guest Blogger: Dr. Chris Adams Executive Director Center for Vocational Ministry Azusa Pacific University Senior Research Associate: The Flourishing in Ministry Project University of Notre Dame Keep perspective. God is with us, no matter what happens. The hope of Easter resurrection is alive! The Christian Church is the most resilient movement in history, having survived and even thrived during wars,

3 Key Strategies for Personal Wellbeing – Guest Blog: Dr. Chris Adams

July 14, 2020
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2 things that build trust: Listening and Affirmation Have you noticed that when you talk with emotionally healthy influencers and leaders you feel listened to, affirmed and encouraged? There is something about the way they consistently listen with empathy and speak with clarity that builds trust. You are made to feel safe and valued and that you belong. There are

2 builders, 2 impeders and 2 destroyers of Effective Communication

May 20, 2020
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3 more Gauges Continuing on with Thriving through COVID-19, here are some more thoughts on paying attention to your gauges for well-being. Gauges help you know how you are doing, and reflecting on this allows you to make plans to replenish.You are designed to make a difference. Running out of fuel or oil will stop you. Filling your tank gives

3 Keys to thriving COVID-19

April 20, 2020
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In 43 years of ministry/leadership, I have never seen our world under such pressure. COVID-19 has put everyone under immense pressure. Our families, workplace and our neighbourhoods are caught up in it. Our churches have been prevented from gathering indefinitely. Coupled with all this is the demand to reinvent the way we do church and ministry. Can we effectively minister

Thriving through COVID-19

April 9, 2020
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Cultivating a high awareness of God’s interaction with daily life Burnout affects relationships.Relationships are effected through feeling high detachment. Feelings of high depletion and low satisfaction with life and work compound this. I am so grateful for the key relationships of family and friends that were endured through the difficult and dark time of burnout. Thank you! My wife loved

Where is God in your life?

February 27, 2020
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Part 2 of emotional health and a spiritual vitality that demonstrates a connected relationship with GodThe second area we look at in our connected relationship is our conversation with God. What’s happening when you talk with Him? What effect does that have on you and others? Not only could I not read my Bible during the darkest days of burnout,

Conversations show our connectedness with God

February 20, 2020
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The health of your relationship with God reflects your emotional health. How vital is your relationship with God? If God is part of your world, then the quality of that relationship has been proven to impact your health.This is not a new thought. This was written about 2000 years ago in the Bible.3 John 2 The Passion Translation (TPT) Beloved

Spiritual vitality & connectedness with God

February 13, 2020
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(Part two by Adrienne Easton see Part one) Don’t take it personally—understand they are not well. Being the spouse of a person going through burnout has its own difficulties.We may fight with feelings of rejection by the one person we thought would always be present and listening in conversation, buoyant, approachable and engaging. We may think, “Who is this person?

My spouse is going through burnout – Part 2

February 4, 2020
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Being the spouse of a person going through burnout has its own difficulties. (Today’s guest blogger is my wife Adrienne. In Aug 2019 we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. I am proud to say Adrienne is editor of these blogs. See her article on How I became Don’s Editor) Indeed, how do we even approach the topic with our spouse

My spouse is going through burnout: part 1.

January 28, 2020