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All Churches Make Mistakes, Why Do Ours Feel Fatal?
Christ is with us when we suit up again, even though we fell flat on our face the last time we went on the field.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Every pastor of every plateaued church experiences this. And every pastor of every growing church admits this. I talk to pastor after pastor who feels frustrated by this phenomenon.
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
'What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?'. I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn't start there. BCLStore.com. Learn More. “What should I do to become a pastor?”.
The Minister and the Church’s Payroll Tax Obligations
Key tips on navigating withholding.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
payments. Example 6-4 Pastor Smith works for First Church. At the package. Example 6–5 Joe serves First Church as the new executive pastor. His duties
Hey, Fletch: Should We Use Time Cards for Pastors?
When work ethic comes into question, is documentation a suitable solution?
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers' questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more.
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church
You are not the linchpin holding your congregation together.
Pastor, Take a Vacation—for the Good of Your Church. But vacation anxiety runs much deeper than the who, what, and how questions that arise when the pastor is out of town.
Confronting the Toxic Power in Me
High-profile stories of fallen pastors can distract us from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls.
I can still remember them: “You're wise beyond your years,” “You're a uniquely gifted communicator,” “You're going to be a senior pastor one day.”. These stories often go unreported.
The Ministry of Absence
Why Henri Nouwen warned pastors about becoming "too available."
ended the call. “Pastor, I need to meet with you.” For those of us in pastoral ministry, a week seldom passes when those words are not uttered to us. In the
If A Church Isn’t Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired?
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase. If a church isn't growing should the pastor be fired?
Hosting John McCain's Memorial Service
Pastor Noe Garcia shares his priorities for the late senator's funeral.
Pastor Noe Garcia shares his priorities for the late senator's funeral. Actually I never met him. He was close to our former pastor, Dan Yeary, who was here for about 25 years.
Pastoral Transition: Six Factors That Help A Church Navigate Big Changes
Churches that resist change have a harder time when change is needed. Churches that regularly make smaller transitions hone their transition skills.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
After being the lead pastor for 25 years, I stepped aside so that Gary Garcia (the youth pastor who has been with me for that entire time) could take my position, while I became the
Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church
“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.”
Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church. He began his first year as a pastor without a salary, working as a janitor at Barnes & Noble.
When Church Members Keep Second-Guessing Your Pastoral Decisions
Unlike politicians and major league coaches, most of our critics aren’t strangers in the stands, they’re people we know very closely. 
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
If this is something you're experiencing as a pastor in your church today, let me offer a few words of comfort and advice. 1. It's usually far fewer people than it seems.
SBC Leader Arrested • Fort Collins’ Discrimination? • Church Leader’s DACA: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
'Please be sure to coordinate with us regarding any further dialogue with the public or with (church pastor) Steve Ramer about this,' Daggett wrote to other city staff.
Organist Gets Ministerial Exception • HSA Changes? • iTunes Scam: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
(From “'Ministerial Exception' Applies to Church Organist,” Religion Clause.). See the section on the ministerial exception in Pastor, Church & Law. Bill
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor? Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one. David
Pastors, The Church Is Not Our Personal Platform
The church does not exist to give us an audience for our ideas, projects or egos. It exists to fulfill Christ’s purposes.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
The ten year vision won't be realized. The Pastor's Role. This happens in churches of every size and type. The Pastor's Focus. The focus should never be on the pastor, but on Jesus.
Hey, Fletch: A Board Member No Longer Gives to the Church
How to approach a board member who isn’t engaging with the church’s mission.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers' questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more.
Hey, Fletch: How Does the New Tax Law Affect Moving Expenses?
What the changed rules mean for churches.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
In this biweekly column, longtime executive pastor and XPastor.org founder David Fletcher takes on readers' questions about finances, staffing, communications, and more.
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well?
An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
How Can Churches Treat Their Staffs Well? An experienced executive pastor offers insights on compensation, job descriptions, and more. Interview
8 Reminders About Supplemental Income Projects
Take these necessary precautions.
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7. Don't try too hard. You know this pastor—the one who won't stop talking about his speaking gigs or book sales or outside income. Don't be that pastor.
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