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Hope Renewed

37 EpisodesProduced by Pastor-in-Residence MinistriesWebsite

Ministry life is challenging – to say the least. Many pastors need encouragement as they face a time of uncertainty, crisis, or transition. Drawing from the experience and wisdom of those who deeply care for the lives of pastors, their families, and the local church, these podcasts speak to many of … read more

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Abiding in Ministry - Sharon Garlough Brown and Jack Brown

May 10th, 2021


“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.”—John 15:9

What would ministry - and life - look like if done from a basis of …

Thriving in Small Church Ministry - Karl Vaters

April 26th, 2021


Serving the small (or ordinary) sized church is filled with challenges. So many of the resources and conferences for ministry leaders are geared toward larger-church contexts, and can leave those called to smaller …

From Burnout to Burning Bright - Jason Eddy

April 12th, 2021


Each of us has a story which serves as a testimony to God's grace in our lives. Some of these stories involve deep pain and potential ruin. Others …

Ministry in a Rural Context - Jon Sanders

March 29th, 2021


60 million people live in rural America, making it a fertile field for ministry. But with country churches come country issues, which bring their own unique challenges and joys. The demands on a pastor serving in these …

Where Mind and Ministry Meet - Charles Stone

March 15th, 2021


When you think of concepts and practices that help pastors and ministry leaders find hope and thrive, perhaps neuroscience isn't among the immediate …

Every Pastor Needs a Coach

March 1st, 2021


What we often find in ministry life is that the circumstances and challenges we face aren't necessarily ones for which our training has prepared us. Having someone who can offer perspective, encouragement, guidance and …

Ministry at Full Strength - Denny Howard

February 15th, 2021


What has it been like for you leading and ministering in this COVID season? Ministry can be stressful enough under normal circumstances. Add to it …

Resilience in Ministry - Darrell Yoder

February 1st, 2021


If you’re in pastoral or ministry leadership, the church needs you to be healthy. Research shows there are certain keys to cultivating a sustainable, …

Journeying in the Wilderness - Joe Chambers

January 17th, 2021


Joe Chambers is on a journey. 

A self-described "pilgrim on his way home to the Kingdom of the Heaven", Joe shares a story of the highs and lows of pastoral ministry, and the restorative nature of God's grace. Join us a …

This is PIR

January 4th, 2021


A New Year seems to always bring with it a sense of looking forward to new hopes, new thoughts and new opportunities. How much more in 2021! On the …

Recovering From the Holidays

December 21st, 2020


Without fail the holiday season comes each year, and with it heightened expectations and stress in ministry. This year is especially challenging with …

Managing or Being Managed: Steve Cuss on Leadership Anxiety

December 7th, 2020


Steve Cuss is a Pastor, Author and Spiritual Care Professional who has a deep passion for ministry leaders. His particular concern is to bring relief …

Pastor's Perspective - A Conversation with Pastor Doug Smith

November 23rd, 2020


From time to time on Hope Renewed we have the opportunity to sit down with pastors and talk with them about navigating the challenges of serving in the church from the viewpoints and experiences of those who are on the …

The Big Deal About Small Churches – An Interview with Chris Vitarelli

November 10th, 2020


Studies indicate that upward of 85% of Protestant churches in the US have less than 200 members. This means many (if not most) pastors are serving in small context ministries, which bring unique challenges and stresses. …

Managing Conflict - A Conversation with Dr. Dan Borg

October 21st, 2020


Conflict hurts!

According to our guest Dr. Daniel Borg, conflict “divides people, destroys careers, devastates friendships, and distracts churches from their God-given mission. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus …

PIR Roundtable

October 2nd, 2020


Who is PIR? We had a unique opportunity recently to sit down as a staff and share together. Included in this episode are introductions of the people in the ministry, motivations underlying our sense of call to serve …

Sensible Spirituality: An Interview with Sharon Garlough Brown

September 8th, 2020


Sharon Garlough Brown, award-winning author of the Sensible Shoes series, talks about her own experience as an author, a pastor, and spiritual director. We discuss the unique format of her spiritually formative fiction …

Victory...or Defeat?

August 25th, 2020


Many times, the routines and rigors of ministry can tempt a pastor to give up. How much more during these demanding times when it seems like every decision is second guessed and every action is highly scrutinized. …

The Spiritual Direction of Hope - Part 2

August 8th, 2020


In part two of our interview with spiritual director, Joshua Banner, we talk about the importance of rest for pastors. We also talk about how to find a spiritual director and why it’s important to choose a director …

The Spiritual Direction of Hope - Part 1

July 30th, 2020


In this two-part interview with spiritual director, Joshua Banner, we explore the nature of spiritual direction and how it can help pastors find new hope in Christ. In part one, Josh explains what spiritual direction is …

A Story of Renewal and Restoration - Part 2

June 16th, 2020


Where does a pastor find hope and healing when life and ministry bring disappointment, discouragement and even displacement? In the arms of God’s grace as expressed in the Body of believers. Join us as we continue our …

A Story of Renewal and Restoration - Part 1

June 2nd, 2020


What does a pastor look like after a season of renewal and restoration? In this episode of Hope Renewed we talk with Dr. Jim Amandus, the first pastor to walk through the Pastor In Residence process. As a PIR, Jim and …

Battling Discouragement

May 5th, 2020


Ministry abounds with expectations, but what can hide on the dark side of unmet or unrealistic ones can leave a pastor empty and losing heart. Discouragement lies along the path to compassion fatigue and burnout. While …

Caring for the Pastor's Soul (Part 3)

April 21st, 2020


This is the third installment of our discussion of Sean Nemecek’s article Searching for Shalom:The Importance of Sabbath Rest. Sean shares his …

The COVID-19 Episode

April 2nd, 2020


As we all navigate the impact brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, pastors and ministry leaders have unique issues before them. In this special episode of "Hope Renewed", Sean Nemecek and Tom Jameson talk about the …

Caring for the Pastor's Soul (Part 2)

March 17th, 2020


Pursuing Sabbath rest is an easily understood priority for a pastor. The tricky part is just how that actually gets done! In this continuation of a …

Caring for the Pastor’s Soul (Part 1)

March 4th, 2020


How well do Pastors care for their own soul, and just how is that done? In this first of 3 installments we talk with Sean Nemecek. Sean writes and …

Time for a Hope Check

October 8th, 2019


Everyone in ministry has great hopes because we serve a great God! But what happens when the plans, programs and people you invest in fall well short …

Interview with Dr. Zack Eswine – Part 2 of 2

May 22nd, 2019


In the second part of our conversation with new PIR Board member Dr. Zack Eswine, he shares insight and encouragement for pastors and ministry leaders from his experience in life and ministry. Part 2 of 2.

Interview with Dr. Zack Eswine – Part 1 of 2

May 15th, 2019


PIR Ministries is happy to welcome Dr. Zack Eswine to our Board of Directors. We sat down with Zack and asked his perspective on the ministry of PIR and what he sees as the challenges facing pastors today. Part 1 of 2.

Human By Design

August 24th, 2018


Sometimes we need to be reminded of basic truths about ourselves so we can be freed and encouraged to serve God with great joy. In this episode of “Hope Renewed” we offer 6 fundamentals of being human that can too …

The Perception Gap

June 12th, 2018


Misunderstandings in ministry are all too common. What you say and what others hear can be two completely different things! How aware are you of that …

The Trust Factor

April 23rd, 2018


An exit from ministry can cause trust to become a debilitating issue for pastors. In this episode of Hope Renewed we explore some signs to look for that trust has been lost, and ways to encourage and build trust as you …

The Loneliness Factor

March 21st, 2018


Pastoral ministry can be very rewarding but feel very lonely. In this episode of Hope Renewed, we look at the realities and dangers of isolation in …

Soul Healthy Habits – Heart Exam

February 13th, 2018


Just as we need a sense of our physical condition to know when we need a doctor, we must regularly assess the condition of our heart to stay in good …

The Importance Of Sabbath Rest

January 10th, 2018


The idea and principle of Sabbath keeping is often incredibly difficult for ministry leaders to put into practice. Like Martha, the many good and …

Embracing God’s Culture of Rest

December 15th, 2017


From the moment of creation, God instilled a pattern – a rhythm – of work and rest for our lives. How well do we embrace that? In a continuation of Roy Yanke’s message on Living According to God’s Sabbath Principle, …

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