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Legs of a man running on a bridge

Like runners, ministers benefit when they learn healthy habits that allow them to pause and experience restoration from concerns and fatigue and be refilled by the spirit of God. Bigstock/Dean Drobot

Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving

Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop additional competencies can fill the gap, writes a minister who is director of ministry outreach at Pepperdine University.

Worship can be a powerful way to engage conflict, as participants discovered at this 2018 Colossian Forum event on political division. 
Photo courtesy of The Colossian Forum

Michael Gulker: Conflict and Christian discipleship

In a time of intense polarization, both inside and outside the church, Christians are called not to run from conflict but to engage it, drawing upon ancient practices of the faith, says the president of The Colossian Forum.

Julia Perez, (right) at a news conference held by Durham, North Carolina, city leaders to update the community about her husband, Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who was arrested and deported to Mexico in November. Photos by Justin Cook

Tito Madrazo: In a polarized world, we need vulnerable and authentic leaders

After witnessing the arrest of his friend and student Samuel Oliver-Bruno, a pastor learns that he can’t be all things to all people but must instead honestly share his grief and fear for his undocumented friends.

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