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Summer 2004

Intimacies in Life and Ministry

Theme Articles

Ask the Superintendent

Intimacy in Life and Ministry

Interview with Thomas E. Trask

How can a pastor develop healthy relationships? General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask understands the importance of building healthy relationships and shares his insight on this important subject.

The Pastor and Biblical Intimacy

Interview with Henry Blackaby

Read what the author of Experiencing God has to say about how walking in an intimate relationship with God impacts the pastor’s life and ministry.

Intimacy: the Foundation for Healthy Ministry

By Thomas F. Fischer

Why do pastors and churches have conflict? One reason is a lack of healthy intimacy. Here is one pastor, who through the heartache of conflict, discovered how to make intimacy the foundation of his life and ministry.

Three Miles From the Coffee: A Study in Intimacy With God

By Richard L. Dresselhaus

Intimacy with God is a life-long pursuit. God calls us to an intimate relationship with Him, but pastors often allow the busyness of ministry to hinder that relationship. Learn how to maintain an intimate relationship with God from a pastor who knows what it means to walk with God.

Intimacy with Self: the Lens Through Which We Look at Life And Ministry

By Richard D. Dobbins

Our self-concept and how we were raised affects our relationships with others. But God has provided through His grace ways to overcome any deficiencies in our lives. The author shares his insight and wisdom on this important subject.

The Pastor and Family Intimacy

By Gary Smalley

After one’s relationship with God, the next most important relationships are with one’s spouse and family. One of the foremost leaders in family ministry provides ways pastors can grow in their relationships with their wives and families.

Surviving the Parsonage — Intimacy Issues for the Pastor’s Wife

By Gabriele Rienas

What is a pastor’s wife to do when confronted with the demands of ministry? A long-time pastor’s wife and counselor who learned how to survive the parsonage shares her insight and encouragement.

How To Fall in Love with Your Church

By Neil B. Wiseman

Pastoring means ministering to people. But what about those who are not loveable? Here are some practical ways you can love your church.

Building Relationships with the community

By Joseph B. Fuiten

Effectively reaching your community with the gospel involves building relationships with people in your community. Read how one pastor and his church are touching lives through relationship-building ministries.


Ministry Group Development: A New leadership initiative

Interview with Gary Allen, Charles Crank, Ron McManus, Thomas E. Trask

Four ministry leaders discuss a new ministry initiative that will bring pastors and ministers together in meaningful, ministry-building relationships.


Ministry Matters

In Closing


History is His Story

John Bunyan: The Faithful Tinker From Bedford

By William P. Farley

Theological Enrichment

The Holy Spirit — God at Work

By Thomas H. Lindberg

The Church & the Chosen People

The Hebraic Gospel of Salvation

By Ray Gannon

Leaders Edge

Characters: Taking Advantage of God’s Gifts

By Clyde W. Harvey

Preaching That Connects

Preaching That Promotes Self-Centeredness

By Craig Brian Larson

Financial Concepts

Business & Ministry Myths

By Randall K. Barton

Managing Your Ministry

Welcome to Father’s House — A Practical Guide for Taking the First-Time Visitor From the Door to the Core

By Arlene Patterson

Pastoral Care

Effective Hospital Visitation

By Emmanuel L. Williams

Family Life

Hit by a Ton of Bricks

By John Vawter

Ministry to Muslims

Let’s Talk About Islam

By Sobhi Malek


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