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July 2012
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Boundaries in marriage

Last week, I had the privilege once again of going to hear one of my favourite speakers, pastor Peter Scazzero, author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Peter shared a powerful mantra: “As goes the leader’s marriage, so goes the church.”

That is at once both awe-inspiring and immensely frightening.
 
We hear from so many clergy couples experiencing difficulties in their marriages. How can we lead effectively in our churches when our own personal relationships are struggling? How is it that there can be such a disconnect between people who are capable, godly leaders in their professional lives and yet have a hard time being authentically and consistently loving at home? As leaders, we all need to ask ourselves these questions. The pastoral epistles are very clear that those who would lead must be people who can manage their own homes well.
 
The following quote from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott’s book Relationships helps explain this all-too-common phenomenon: “If you try to find intimacy with another person before achieving a sense of identity on your own, all your relationships become an attempt to complete yourself."

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FEATURED RESOURCE
Boundaries in Marriage

Only when you and your mate know and respect each other's needs, choices and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly to one another. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you identify friction points and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect and intimacy you both long for.
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FROM SCRIPTURE
“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife . . . He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)”

(1 Timothy 3:1-5)
WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
We strongly believe that healthy marriages help build healthy churches. If you are interested in how to help couples in your own congregation, then let’s talk! Contact us at churches@fotf.ca.
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Focus Canada speakers are here to provide real help for families and marriages. To learn more about having a Focus Canada speaker come to your church or event, email churches@fotf.ca.
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Support and encouragement for your personal and ministry life. For free, confidential counselling, contact us at 1.888.5.CLERGY or info@clergycare.ca.

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