Month: July 2019

4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 3

“What do I do?” Given the long list of expectations often placed on the office of pastor, one can find it difficult to know where exactly to jump in. Add the seven-day cycle of many pastoral responsibilities, and you’ll find it difficult to be intentional rather than reactionary to every day’s demands. Over the past

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 2

“What do I do?” The question loads a pastor’s credit card with conference registrations and larger bookshelves as the man or woman of God seeks desperately for direction in this often awkward task of leading the Church. I call it awkward because it’s not really like any other leadership role in our culture–greatness equals servitude,

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 1

While there are mountains of books and articles that discuss the various elements of church planting, health, development, leadership, revitalization, and any other category we’ve managed to envision, most pastors are just looking for a clear response to a single question–what should I do? Given that I’ve contributed to the aforementioned pile of of resources,

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 12

We shouldn’t ever forget that the kingdom reward for the smaller church pastor isn’t less significant than for those who might lead hundreds or even thousands. Every smaller church pastor should remember the forgotten character in Matthew 25’s parable of the talents: We often focus on the failure of the third servant to use the

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