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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.
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
Behind-the-scenes roles help to form a pastor's character around the gospel, shaping them with Before I began any formal leadership role in the local church, I immersed myself in
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 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.
Paying Your Pastor
Tips and insights for setting compensation - Article
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
When Pastors Are Sexual Abuse Survivors
Childhood trauma can sabotage ministry in sinister ways.
Pastoring at DEFCON 1. Brian (not his real name) was three years into his role as a college pastor when the woman who sexually abused him called to confess and ask for forgiveness.
My Mixed Feelings about Ordination
How could I know if ordination was the right step for me? - Article
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.
Housing Allowance Appeal • Unconstitutional Church Grants • Willow Creek Investigation: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
Creek Community Church made a promise to its members following the early departure of its founder and senior pastor, Bill Hybels. 'Even though Bill is no longer in his role, our work to
Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity - Article
Senior Pastor's Role in Building a Culture of Generosity. Chris Willard with Warren Bird. Here are a few practical thoughts on the senior pastor's unique role:
My Winding Road to the Pastorate
It was an inconvenient time to begin feeling called to co-pastor with my husband. - Article
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 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
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.
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
Why Your Salary May Not Be All You Want It to Be
A church administrator’s perspective. - Article
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.
What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work. - Article
In this role, Miller has seen a lot of pastoral challenges, including the perennial challenge of burnout. “In order to be a good, effective pastor, you also need to develop your soul,” Miller
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.
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.
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
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.
I Don’t Fit the Senior Pastor Mold
But I’m leading in the way God has gifted me. - Article
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.
Why I Won’t Be The Lead Pastor At Cornerstone Any More – But I'm Not Leaving
Pastoral transition is one of the most dangerous times in a congregation’s life. We need to get better at it.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Some of this is because the western church has a far-too-heavy reliance on the pastor's role. Unlike many of my friends (and a lot of faithful readers), I
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