It's the last week of 2016, and I'm reviewing all that has happened on my blog this year. I started blogging and coaching out of a great burden for pastors who are struggling. This year alone three of my pastor friends resigned from their churches and left the ministry. I wish there was some way I could have encouraged them to stay the course and finish strong. My goal this year has been to encourage, inspire, and resources pastors to find greater health and balance.
On a personal note, I end this year with gratitude for you, my blog readers. If you have been helped, encouraged, and strengthened in some way, I am very thankful.
This year my wife, Linda and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. We are watching our children grow up way too quickly. Our oldest daughter turns 21 after the first of the year. This month we also celebrated 11 years of pastoring here in Los Angeles, and I have completed another year in my denomination as the Executive Presbyter for the Los Angeles region. In this role God has given me the opportunity to love and serve 63 churches and 110 credentialed ministers.
As I looked back, I thought it might be helpful to highlight the most read blog posts of the year. These posts continue to get high traffic, and if you've missed any of these posts, you might enjoy reading them...
1. Resources for Pastors Struggling with Burnout
2. Is Ministry Hurting your Family?
3. How to Respond when People Leave your Church
4. Five Questions to Help Pastors Deal with Criticism
5. Six Mistakes I Have Made as a Pastor
6. Simple Steps to Becoming a Healthier Pastor
7. Is Work/Life Balance Possible for Pastors?
Thank you again for being a part of my blog community! If I can serve you in any way, please let me know. I look forward to 2017.
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Hi! I'm Loren Hicks. I am follower of Jesus, a husband, a father, a friend, and for the past