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Dale's Turning 60! Reflections On The Past 40 Years Of Ministry (w- Dale & Caralee) - Episode 134

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Our fearless leader is turning 60! First, from all of the team at 95Network, we want to wish him a very happy birthday. We're so thankful for his leadership, his vulnerability, and his encouragement every day. 

As Dale welcomes a brand new decade in his life, he's spending some time today reflecting on his experiences in the past four decades of ministry. He and Caralee discuss the highs and the lows of his life, what Jesus has taught him about relinquishing control, and how Grace is the greatest gift for people who are constantly striving to "fix" everything. There's so much wisdom in this episode—enjoy!

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Halftime: Moving From Success To Significance by Bob Buford
Dale's Unexpected Sabbatical Story – Episode 91
40 Years in the Making: Dale's Stalled Story – Episode 44
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Key Takeaways

1) As Dabo Swinney says, "There's nothing less important than the score at halftime." After 40, many of us pivot from pursuing success to pursuing significance. Over the years, Dale has learned that living a meaningful life looks more like loving God, loving family, and obeying what He's called us to do. 

2) Jesus came to give us life. We can let our strivings cease and start living freely by knowing that we don't have to adhere to a particular set of rules just to measure up. Jesus loves you because He loves you. He doesn't love you because of what you've done, who you are, or how you perform. 

3) God doesn't need our help. God can accomplish whatever He wants, and He certainly doesn't need us to do that. However, He wants a relationship with us. Let Him pursue you!

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June 21, 2022
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Meet Your Hosts
Dale is a man with a powerful calling to help weary and worn pastors and church leaders.

He has been in ministry for 40 years. In July 2018, he accepted the position as the Executive Director of 95Network, and in September of 2020, he published his first book Stalled: Hope and Help for Pastors Who Thought They'd Be There By Now. His years of ministry have grown a deep love for small and midsize congregations — the backbone of the American church. He believes in the mission of 95Network, not only because it equips small churches to thrive, but also because it connects weary church leaders with friends and partners who care.

Dale and his wife Gina have been married 39 years, have three daughters, two sons- in-law, and two awesome grandchildren!
Caralee graduated with a Communications degree from Clemson University in 2008 and has spent the last 13 years working in content marketing, writing, and editing. As a pastor’s kid who grew up in midsize churches, she’s witnessed the challenges that come with ministry and has a passion for serving those in need and seeing churches succeed. She loves working with the foster parent resource center through her church and leading a community group with her husband.

Caralee currently lives in Greer, SC with her husband, David, and their two kids, Nora and Foster.
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