Confession and Pastors

July 9th, 2018|

No one is comfortable with confession. At minimum it is awkward, and it can even be dangerous, especially for Christian leaders. Yet God has commanded us to confess, and it is often a crucial step in breaking free from sin. Why do we not do it and what are some ideas for a Christian leader when it comes to confession?

Christian Leader as Influencer

March 13th, 2018|

All Christian leaders have influence. We can misuse or under-utilize this influence. Our influence is a gift from God and should be received as such and fully embraced.

Joy in Ministry

January 5th, 2018|

Joy and ministry should go hand in hand but often joy in ministry and even joy in God get lost along the way. Sometimes we are just weary and need refreshment for our hearts, souls, and bodies.

Space and Time: Loving God

November 7th, 2017|

Busyness is common for all of us in ministry. We have a lot to get done! But it can have a seriously negative impact - moving us from loving God to loving our ministry. Space and time and listening are needed.

Over Spiritualizing: Pastor as Person

October 3rd, 2017|

Over spiritualizing is a temptation for those in Christian leadership. Yet it does not lead to healing or to the Christ-like character that is the goal. It often leads to further pain and isolation.

Moving Mountains: Faith Struggles for Christian Leaders

June 1st, 2017|

Faith struggles for Christian leaders can be very difficult. Often these struggles are a normal part of the Christian walk but are complicated by the fact of being a leader. Christian leaders can move through these valleys and find a deeper faith and walk with Christ on the other side.

Grief for Growth

May 15th, 2017|

Grief is an often overlooked but necessary component of healing and growth. For pastors, missionaries, and other Christian leaders entering into and displaying grief can be especially challenging. Those who do grieve find that instead of it being a pathway into further pain, it was the crucial step for healing, growth, and freedom.

Ministry Burnout – Falling Into The Abyss

March 31st, 2017|

Marble Retreat opened its doors in 1974 to provide counseling for Christian leaders. One of the most common issues we help with is burnout. Severe burnout is not just chronic, it can be terminal, at least for one's ministry career. This article takes a brief look at burnout, what it is, and how to recover.

Every Pastor Needs a Pastor ™

February 20th, 2017|

Marble Retreat opened its doors in 1974 to provide counseling for Christian leaders such as pastors, missionaries, and parachurch leaders. Louis and Melissa McBurney had a passion and calling to provide a place for Christian leaders to come to receive counsel, rest, and care. Many in ministry have no one to turn to when they are in need of being ministered to. Who pastors the pastor? Every Christian leader needs to be led at times.

Humble Gifts and God’s Multiplication

February 20th, 2017|

As we know, Jesus took the 5 loaves of bread and the two fish and fed 5,000 men and in addition the women and children and there were 12 baskets of food left over. The moral of the story for us kids was to not dismiss our own gifts no matter how insignificant we thought that those gifts were because Jesus could take our humbling offerings and make them into something beautiful and impactful.