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My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
My dad's work had paid for our entire family to spend a week at a Christian retreat So I interned with the youth pastor, spent my summers in ministry, and became a Ministry Scholarship
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
experiences. Slip cash in a card. Your pastor and their family have a list of needs you don't know about but your gift can make a big difference. Simply
Why Smooth Pastoral Transitions Matter More Now Than Ever
In previous generations, the denomination, the church building, and family expectations had such a strong hold that it virtually didn’t matter who the pastor was.
In previous generations, the denomination, the church building, and family expectations had such a strong hold that it virtually didn't matter who the pastor was.
Before You Fire Your Pastor
8 guidelines to consider.
home. Pray more fervently. You are about to make a decision that will shape your church, the pastor, and the pastor's family for years to come. Make
How to Care for Abuse Survivors in Your Congregation
Practical ways to care for the wounded.
of those who have had painful experiences by acknowledging the broad range of family experiences present in the congregation. Last Mother's Day our youth pastor stood up and
Want To Pastor A Church You Love? Love The Church You’re Pastoring
What if every pastor saw their church, not as a stepping-stone to something bigger, but as an investment to make with all their heart and soul?
Stepping-Stone Pastorates Are Bad for Pastors, Too. Not only is it toxic for churches when pastors treat them like stepping-stones, it's toxic for pastors too – and for the pastor's family.
When People Leave: The Private Pain Of The Small Church Pastor
Even if the church is large and growing, it can be hard when people leave. But when the church is small, each loss is much more painful.
The collective pain from years of those departures can wear a pastor down. When a small church loses just one family it can mean massive changes in entire ministries.
A Pastor's Final Blessing
A minister to those at sea gives one last benediction.
On a regular basis, Roald reminded me that he and his wife, Ruth, prayed for my family and me. From what I'd come to know about this retired pastor, prayer was extremely important.
Pastor, How Do You Pray for Your Church?
10 ministry leaders respond.
on prayer by pastor and author Max Lucado, I was struck by his comment that the best thing he's ever done as a pastor was to recruit 100 people to pray for him and his family every day.
Funeral for a Stranger
What to do—and what to avoid—when eulogizing someone you never met.
The pastor should offer gentle but steady leadership. Most family members are too drained from mourning their loved one to plan an order of service.
Go Ahead and Grin—Church Is Hilarious
Ministry is a lot more fun if you laugh at just about everything.
hung his head sheepishly and said, “Only one family that I know of.” Instead of rubbing it in that he clearly couldn't function without me, I found it amusing that the pastor's family was the
What to Do When Ministry Jobs Are Scarce
3 ways to protect yourself from unexpected unemployment.
graduates beginning their ministries and for experienced pastors who must move due to a church closing, downsizing of staff, or personal family issues. Every pastor should have a plan
5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
Wayne Cordova, pastor of ministry at Crosspoint Church, in Spring Hill, Florida, has experimented with the hosts a popular “Come and See” event in the form of a family worship night
We Are Called to Be Faithful, Not Successful
As my pastorate crumbled around me, I learned what God truly expects of us.
My family was serving in a small church plant on the west side of Indianapolis, and we unexpectedly found ourselves in conversation with a church in Florida.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
When the pastor gets caught up in success at church, more and more time goes to maintaining or increasing that success, and less and less time gets invested in marriage and family.
The Secret Struggle of Pastors and Finances
For many pastors, finances are a huge problem—but one they won’t tell you about.
a recent article from SeminaryGradSchool.com titled “9 Secrets Pastors Keep,” Cincinnati pastor Mandy Smith pastors commented on the practical realities of providing for a family on a
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
My schedule as a pastor fights against me. Given my already busy schedule, combined with my family commitments, it would be unwise to fill my evenings with counseling appointments
A Dying Pastor Reflects on His Legacy
With less than a month to live, Buddy Hoffman discusses the highs and lows of 40 years in ministry.
Four years ago, Buddy Hoffman, the founding pastor of the Grace Family of Churches, experienced a catastrophic aortic dissection. Doctors expected
Who Should Know What People Give?
A look at six perspectives.
Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and ten grandchildren. Related Articles: "A Pastor's Thoughts on Knowing What People Give