Out of Context: Mindy Caliguire

"With the performance pressures church leaders face today, it's a wonder more are not flaming out. I wish more churches could talk honestly about the ministry systems that perpetuate the problem. What will have to happen before we change? For how long will we ignore the health of our leaders' souls and focus only on their performance?"

-Mindy Caliguire is a director with the Spiritual Formation Alliance. Taken from "Soul Train: Learning to minister at the speed of your soul." in the Spring 2007 issue of Leadership journal. To see the quote IN context, you'll need to see the print version of Leadership. To subscribe, click on the cover of Leadership on this page.

May 16, 2007

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Rich Tatum

May 16, 2007  6:36pm

It's little wonder pastors and leaders are driven to endurance-killing over-work. They are our Moses but without someone to hold up their arms or a father-in-law to counsel them in wisdom. There is a powerful tension between the Biblical mandate to confess our sins to one another and the Biblical requirement for elders, pastors, and teachers to be above reproach. Guess which one, on the surface, wins? We need a theology and practice of ministry that encourages and fosters transparency and authenticity in our leadership while also providing stable, mentoring relationships that enable and promote purity. As it is, pastors and leaders are ministering in virtual isolation. Too many pastors have zero friends hey can turn to, rely on, or confess sins to. What happens when sin is unconfessed? Frankly, it often goes unrepented. So we sacrifice transparency for purity. And in the end we lose both. Rich BlogRodent

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