How Pastors Can Reclaim the Role of Spiritual Parent
I don’t wear a collar, but "Father" is still the best description of my calling.
Whether it's “mother” or “father” (or whether we use those terms at all) I long to see us recapture a vision of the pastor as a familial role. We are called to nurture God's family.
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.
The budget won't be met. The membership won't grow. The ten year vision won't be realized. The Pastor's Role. This happens in churches of every size and type.
Give People Dignity the World Has Taken Away
What an alcoholic pastor taught me about administering the presence of God.
a phrase whenever I held the handle of a hospital room door: “When I enter this room I represent the presence of God.” It was an intimidating and ill-fitting role for a “I'm a pastor.” I tried
Paying Your Pastor
Tips and insights for setting compensation
firm CapinCrouse. A number of factors—the size of the church, the local cost of living, the experience level of the pastor—play a role. Reiff recently spoke
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me?
I was never told that I couldn't be a pastor because I was a woman—I simply never saw a woman serving in that role or being ordained. Read as Single Page Page:1234|Next.
The 2018 CT Pastors Book Recommendations
Six recent books that will aid you in your ministry.
Mandy Smith, lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. provides a detailed look at the current culture of planting and growing churches, and the role of church
3 Ways I’m Nurturing My Emotional Intelligence
A heart moved by the gospel will be stirred with empathy for others.
Managing and understanding the role of emotions is critical for every leader, especially those who shepherd t matter how you feel; it matters what the Bible says.”; “I'm a pastor, not a
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.
When Your Calling Feels Like Death
Doing God's will, even in ministry, isn't always fun and flourishing.
To pastor them meant failure and frustration. Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and author of The Vulnerable Pastor.
Church Renovation Blind Spots
Why we sometimes miss obvious problems with our facilities.
When they called a new pastor two years ago, he was shocked to find steep steps leading from the entry area to the worship center. He called them "the climbing wall.".
Our Best on the Pastor’s Role
10 tools to clarify who you are and what you do as a pastor.
Our Best on the Pastor's Role. 10 tools to clarify who you are and what you do as a pastor. This article documents the current realities. “ABCs of a Pastor's Role” by Marshall Shelley.
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be
A church administrator’s perspective.
Raise the senior pastor's salary, and everyone else usually benefits. The church board has more brakes than accelerators. The board doesn't really know what your role involves.
Eugene Cho: Why I Am Stepping Down as Pastor of Quest Church
“I don’t feel burned out, but I am realizing my limitations.”
Most churches, unless there's a situation of a moral failure, are not going to ask the founding pastor, “Can you step down? What will your role look like in preparation for the transition?
The Busy Pastor’s Guide to Inbox Shalom
A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Here’s how to get (and stay) there.
The Busy Pastor's Guide to Inbox Shalom. A clear email inbox is a ministry aid. Whatever the topic, your congregation needs to know their pastor will respond.
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor
Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated.
The Ever-Broadening Role of the Pastor. And if the pastor discovered a fundamental ill, the pastor's role was to prescribe some remedy to restore spiritual health and vitality.
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.