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My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband.
Sobbed would be more honest. And they were not tears of joy, shed by a loving and faithful pastor's wife. My husband, bless him, was so excited, so passionate about his new role.
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
right place. Here's to a greater sense of Inbox Shalom! Abram Kielsmeier-Jones is pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia, Massachusetts.
Avoiding The Trap Of A Punch-The-Clock Mentality In Ministry
It’s too easy to define our ministry by how many hours we put in. Then it's very easy to slip into the trap of defining our value by those hours.
Sure, we need to take regular Sabbaths and vacations. But even on vacation you're never not a pastor. Ministry is not about the number of hours we work.
Six Tips for Taking Center Stage
Make a smooth transition from associate to lead pastor.
It was my time. I could have nice things. Then our lead pastor left for another position, and I (the associate) knew God was calling me to step into that role.
Our Best on the Pastor’s Role
10 tools to clarify who you are and what you do as a pastor.
Lots of pastors see their role as changing one thing after another, because change means Here's one pastor's story of visiting the Peterson cabin in Montana and what's still taking root
The Best Way To Avoid Pastor Burnout? Equip The Saints
Neither information or inspiration is enough. Pastors need to help congregations turn it into perspiration.
print. The New Testament doesn't emphasize the role of pastor nearly as much as our current church structure does. In fact, there's just one passage – one!
A Pastor's Dilemma: What to Do When You Can't See the Vision for Your Church
Is it okay if a pastor’s calling is to help others fulfill their calling? Or, does every church need a pastor-led vision to get behind?
Church LeadershipMarch 27, 2017. A Pastor's Dilemma: What to Do When You Can't See the Vision for Your Church Is it okay if a pastor's calling is to help others fulfill their calling?
I Don’t Fit the Senior Pastor Mold
But I’m leading in the way God has gifted me.
You're the Senior Pastor? I have always had a pastor's heart, but moving from a staff pastor role to a senior pastor role is in so many ways a new journey.
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor
Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated.
Are you resisting evil? How are you serving God?). And if the pastor discovered a fundamental ill, the pastor's role was to prescribe some remedy to restore spiritual health and vitality.
Ministry in the Present Tense
Unshackle yourself from the tyranny of the past and future.
It is, as Psalm 46:10 says, to “Be still and know that I am God.”. In his memoir Open Secrets, Richard Lischer describes his experience as pastor of a small, rural church in central Illinois.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
I tried several churches in my quest to fit in and follow my calling. Eventually I landed a role as a youth pastor at New Community Church in Lagrange, Georgia.
Pastoring in the Age of Celebrity
How famous Bible teachers impact local Bible study.
The role of the local pastor is to affirm that which is true and beautiful according to Scripture, and to challenge that which is not true and beautiful according to Scripture, especially with
People Aren't Projects
...and other lessons I learned as a rural pastor.
There's so much to do in our rural places, and we just want to be useful. The Most Useful Pastor. “You know,” he said, “you're the most useful pastor I've ever met.”.
5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative
Acts 2 does not give us a picture of Peter hearing from God in private, then coming to the disciples with the vision.
For me. But it wasn't theirs. So they didn't get behind it. If the church doesn't get behind the pastor's vision, maybe the pastor's vision for them isn't God's vision for them.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
This role is responsible for leading and facilitating connection events and tracking the part of the Spiritual Development Team under the leadership of the Spiritual Development Pastor.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
Recently we counseled a pastor who had not yet had an affair, but was on his way. so he handed the ministry to someone else and took on a much smaller, less-visible ministry role.
James Brown: The Word of God Undergirds Everything I Do
The sports broadcaster opens up about preaching, calling, and straddling two different worlds.
From there, I joined the staff as a confidant to the pastor, and I started preaching as well. The story of Moses and Aaron helped me learn to serve in that role.