Jump directly to the Content


Pastoral lines you may not be around long enough to regret.

Sometimes words have to be eaten. Other times, they turn out to have teeth that bite. From an unscientific sampling of a few contributing editors, LEADERSHIP offers here the most frequent phrases in ministry that become preludes to a fast farewell.

10. I think I've earned the right to say this.

9. Thank you for the unanimous vote of confidence.

8. We'll incorporate a seeker sensitive approach into our present worship service.

7. In ancient Israel, the people danced before the Lord.

6. Recently, I've been reading about the importance of publicly confessing your own sins, so today …

5. I'll show the church secretary who's boss around here!

4. I'm sure I can trust you to keep this confidential.

3. Then there are no hard feelings, right?

2. I'm sure Mrs. Jones will agree that she's been our organist long enough.

1. They need to realize this kitchen belongs to everyone.

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Developing Future Leaders
Developing Future Leaders
Seven principles for training the next generation of church leaders.
From the Magazine
Police Work Nearly Broke Me
Police Work Nearly Broke Me
I was a narcotics officer on the brink of suicide when God began his mighty healing work.
Editor's Pick
Rebuilding Church Community: What’s Actually Working?
Rebuilding Church Community: What’s Actually Working?
Pastors respond.