By Joy Allmond
Lifeway news office
NASHVILLE — When Ben and Lynley Mandrell left the Denver-area church they planted to answer a call to lead Lifeway Christian Resources, they weren’t prepared for the journey their inner lives would take. On the heels of this seismic shift in ministry assignment, they found themselves in counseling to work through issues not dealt with due to the busyness of ministry life.
“It was a drastic shift,” said Lynley. “We spent 17 years pouring into families and walking with them through their own challenges. You don’t realize how much of yourself you’re giving to ministry without pausing and tending to your own needs. And we were emotionally depleted.”
Before planting Storyline Fellowship, Mandrell served as senior pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson from 2006-2013, leading the church to grow from 1,800 to 2,600 in weekly attendance. Before becoming senior pastor, he served as the church’s college pastor and as director of discipleship ministries at Union University in Jackson.
Lifeway released a new podcast on Sept. 20 called “The Glass House,” hosted by the Mandrells. The episodes will feature transparent conversations with ministry leaders who live in a “glass house” — an environment where they are left vulnerable to the stress of church life and the criticism of others. [Read more…]