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Real Conversations about Ministry and Life.

Hosted by pastor and author Dr. Thien Doan.

The Struggling Pastor Podcas‪t‬ Thien Doan

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Real Conversations about Ministry and Life.

Hosted by pastor and author Dr. Thien Doan.

    When Pastors Lose Their Passion for God

    When Pastors Lose Their Passion for God

    In this episode of the Struggling Pastors Podcast, Thien gives us some encouraging thoughts and insights about renewal and restoring our love and passion for God.

    2 Corinthians 11:27-28

    > 27in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.

    Revelations 2:1-7 ESV

    > 1“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
    2“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    LESSONS & INSIGHTS:

    ## 1. Pastor, Jesus is talking to you, not the congregation.

    ## 2. Pastor, Jesus sees all the good that you are doing...

    ## 3. Pastor, Jesus cares more about your heart than your ministry.

    ### Q - How do we restore our passion for God?

    ## 1. REMEMBER from where you have fallen.

    ## 2. REPENT - commit to making changes

    ## 3. REDO - v.5 - "do the works you did at first"

    And remember...

    > "And us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Gal. 6:9 NIV)

    Until next time, God bless.

    First, pastor, I want to tell you

    • 39 min
    Signs of Burnout (and what to do about it)

    Signs of Burnout (and what to do about it)

    In this episode of the Struggling Pastors Podcast, Thien discusses the causes and signs of burnout and gives advice on how to heal from it.

    • 39 min
    Pastor Mike Larsen on the Mystery of Suffering

    Pastor Mike Larsen on the Mystery of Suffering

    On this episode of the Struggling Pastor Podcast, I talk with Pastor Mike Larsen about the difficulty of leading a church during COVID. We talk about suffering, depression, suicide, and caring for people who are suffering. Mike talks about having a panic attack while preaching and writing a book on suffering.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How to HEAL your weary soul?

    How to HEAL your weary soul?

    In this re-start of the Struggling Pastors Podcast, Pastor Thien teaches us how to HEAL our weary souls.

    The word HEAL is part of a 4-step process:

    Honesty

    Empathy

    Abiding

    Looking Deeply

    This is taken from lessons learned from Isaiah 40.

    • 34 min
    Episode 020 - The Marques Ogden Story

    Episode 020 - The Marques Ogden Story

    Learn some life lessons from the amazing story of Marques Ogden. Marques was an NFL player and multi-millionaire business owner who lost it all. He lost his business and became a janitor making $8.25 per hour. See how he turned his life around and became an author and successful motivational speaker. 

    • 49 min
    Episode 019 - Relaunching the Podcast with new name and focus

    Episode 019 - Relaunching the Podcast with new name and focus

    After a long break, I'm relaunching this podcast with a new name and focus. It's called the "Intentional Life Coach" Podcast. Stay tuned for more information.

    • 49 min

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