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Into the lion's den: Doing ministry when you feel inadequate

June 2019
By: Tonya Delnay
We can all identify with feelings of inadequacy and incapability: I'm not smart enough, don’t know my Bible well enough, am not rich or pretty enough ... simply not good enough.  Then there’s failure. We try to be good enough, but we fail miserably. We fail each other and we fail G...
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Why pro-life ministry is so challenging — and why that’s a good thing

June 2018
By: Susanne Maynes
We were almost to our goal. “Lisa” had been meeting with me for over two months for post-abortion recovery. Having realized that her past substance abuse was directly related to her abortions, she was engaged in the process, doing the hard emotional work necessary for her healing. We&rs...
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Should your center have a pastoral advisory council?

January 2018
By: Tom Lothamer
Life Matters Worldwide has had a pastoral advisory council for many years now, and I’ve found it to be very beneficial. It’s good to have a group of men I can call on for informal advice, especially on matters relating to the Church. I’ve asked them to lead staff devotions from tim...
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EnCOURAGE one another

January 2018
By: Michele D. Shoun
Pregnancy care centers are in the business of encouragement. Their stock in trade is reaching out to women who are being encouraged (or forced) to abort their babies. Indeed, if ever there was a misuse of the word “encourage” it’s in connection with taking an easy way out!  W...
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What's she worth?

June 2017
By: Ann L. Coker
I met her first in the waiting room of our rural crisis pregnancy center. I overheard her boyfriend speak into her sad face: “I can’t believe you think you might have some disease. Who else have you been with?”  As I talked with this 16-yr-old in the counseling room, I tried ...
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How churches (and Christian schools) can prevent abortion

June 2017
By: Michele D. Shoun
Most women who obtain abortions say they rarely attend church, if at all. According to the research, Protestants are actually under-represented in the population of women having abortions. But it's troubling to learn that "one in five abortion patients [of those who report a religious affiliation] i...
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