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Satan's plan is to alienate you from your kids, your mate, and your ministry," Fred Lowery told students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Fred Lowery, pastor of the 6,500-member First Baptist Church, Bossier City, La., and his wife, Leigh, shared experiences that have helped them develop and grow marital and family bonds, essential elements for a fulfilling life and ministry.

"If you don't have a ministry at home, eventually you will not have a ministry at all," Lowery said, citing statistics that show 6,000 pastors left the ministry last year, an estimated 125 are fired each month, and suicides among ministers are increasing.

"Your family is your ministry," he said.

Citing Ephesians 4:32 and 5:18 as theological blocks on which to build a family, Lowery discussed myths and assumptions about marriage which lead to disillusionment and marital failure, and gave suggestions for building and maintaining a healthy ...