april-yamasakiRev. April Yamasaki is a writer, pastor, and curator for When You Work for the Church. She is an ordained minister with twenty-five years of experience in pastoral ministry, now resident author with Valley CrossWay Church, and often speaks in other churches and settings.

She writes regularly on spiritual growth and Christian living online and in print publications, and her books include On the Way with Jesus; Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength; and Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. For more information, please visit AprilYamasaki.com. Your feedback is welcome at any time:

Most Popular Articles on When You Work for the Church

The top ten articles on When You Work for the Church are:

1. The Best Articles on Self-Care in the Church

This round-up of articles is regularly consulted by ministry students so there’s a spike in views each semester.

2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This article explains the start of When You Work for the Church and used to be the home page, but when I moved the current articles up front, I felt it deserved a page of its own.

3. What Do You Do When Your Job is Terminated?

My husband’s sad story of receiving a termination letter just two and a half weeks before Christmas from the Bible college where he had taught for 26 years.

4. The Most Hilarious Job Description and How to Update Yours

A great video on how to explain what you do when you’re a pastor, followed by ten practical tips on updating your job description.

5. Healthy Ministry and the Pastor with Mental Illness

An interview with former pastor, Tony Roberts, followed by an excerpt from his book, Delight in Disorder: The Story of One Pastor’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder.

6. One Pastor’s Story of Recovery from Depression and Anxiety

An interview with Pastor Leonard Klassen on what happened after he experienced a panic attack at his church and his journey of recovery.

7. Seven Ways to Keep Sabbath When You Work on Sundays

Reprinted with permission from Alban at Duke Divinity School, originally published as “Seven Ways for Clergy to Keep Sabbath” by Donna Schaper.

8. God’s Spirit Blowing in a New Direction

My growing conviction to complete my pastoral ministry to invest more deeply in my writing, and how I shared this with my congregation.

9. How to Get Over a Painful Termination—Or Can You?

After I shared my husband’s painful job loss, I received many emails and private messages from others who had experienced difficult endings in their employment. In this article I share the best advice we received on how to grow beyond the pain.

10. Is There a Better Way to Terminate an Employee?

If you’re in a leadership role and responsible for other staff, instead of inflicting pain on others and damaging your own ministry credibility, please read this article. Love mercy, act justly, walk humbly (Micah 6:8).

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