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Pastor serve many roles in the life a church. Learning to play the role that's needed now.

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Experts in Weakness

Experts in WeaknessSubscriber Access Only

I don't fit the typical definition of a "strong" leader, and I am glad I don't.
What's Wrong with People Pleasing?

What's Wrong with People Pleasing?

The pitfalls of approval-motivated leadership.
The Friendless Pastor

The Friendless Pastor

How to address our perennial problem.
Staged Authenticity

Staged Authenticity

You'll lose your hearers if "honest" communication becomes cliché.
Dreaded Exams

Dreaded Exams

What doctors and pastors have in common.
Don't Swing for the Fences

Don't Swing for the Fences

Not every sermon can make a dramatic impact, and that's OK.
No More One-Man Band

No More One-Man Band

Larry Osborne and Chris Brown on the payoffs and pitfalls of transitioning to shared leadership.
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Our editors have compiled our best on Pastor's Role topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

The 3:00 a.m. Phone Call

What makes a pastor a pastor?
Why THIS?
Gordon MacDonald compares the role of pastor with that of the shepherd in Psalm 23, concluding that delivering a sermon is not the most important element of the pastor/shepherd's ministry.

Three Over-looked Leadership Roles

We're familiar with pastors and teachers, but today's world needs a leadership team that includes three biblical but forgotten functions.
Why THIS?
Our ministry landscape has plenty of teachers and shepherds but too few apostles, prophets, and evangelists.
The God Bearer

The God Bearer

What Iraq taught me about living the Presence.
Why THIS?
A military chaplain reflects on his opportunity to help soldiers experience the presence of God in the midst of war. This sobering message is a reminder that every day brings opportunities to reveal God to others.

Warrior, Chief, Medicine ManSubscriber Access Only

Why THIS?
In this interview, Mark Driscoll and David Nicholas discuss differing approaches to ministry, the importance of evangelism, and why adaptability is key for pastors.
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Between Two Worlds

Between Two WorldsSubscriber Access Only

How two pastors are helping people integrate faith and work.
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