After years of wrestling, I settled in a predominately white church. My logic was this: if every white person concerned about racial justice leaves white churches, then there will be few women or men there to help. This Sunday, I worried that Ferguson or other police shootings of African Americans would once again go unmentioned in the sermon or a prayer.
Why Do Pastors Talk About Sexuality?
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Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)
LifeWay Research studies how churches can help pastors last longer.
What a Pastor Does (Part 2)
What To Do When a Pastor Falls
This week another high-profile pastor was removed from ministry for immorality, this time a friend of mine. This is not the first time this has…
What Do Pastors Do All Week?
I think one of the most common misconceptions of those who have not served as a senior pastor is that a pastor’s work is only the work of preaching. If you look at it that way, it would seem the pastor hardly works at all—perhaps for an hour two or three times each week Yet, when Paul described the “office of a bishop” (pastor), he specifically called it “work.” This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop,…
Why Pastors Leave a Church
We discuss a recent post on the non-negative reasons pastors give for leaving a church.
Pastor: The Way Forward In Ferguson Is Talk And Prayer
One way to bring black and white residents together, says Pastor Daryl Meese, is to break bread and actually talk to one another. So he started a weekly potluck at his Ferguson church.
How to Cure Pastor Burnout
It’s no secret that being a pastor is hard. Your sermons can take 30 hours or more per week. Some people expect you to be available constantly. You’re often exposed to the worst moments and darkest secrets of people you care about. You don’t clock out at the end of the day. And it’s all too easy …
Four Reasons Why Pastors Should Quit
We are all painfully aware that there are people in the ministry who never belonged there in the first place.
Why Pastors Often Leave Their Church in the Third Year
In may seem confusing, but most pastors leave their church in the third year and the average length of a pastorate is 3.6 years.
eNote from Pastor Wayne Alloway
In his book, "Dancing with Dinosaurs," Bill Easum tells about a woman who owned the finest winery in all the land. Everything about the winery was superb—the fertile land yielded some of the finest grapes grown anywhere in the world, and the exquisite wooden vats (which had been in her family for ages) nurtured the crushed grapes perfectly. For more than two centuries, people had enjoyed the winery’s world-famous wine But over time the wine developed a bitter taste—and the owner couldn't figure…
How Pastors Discern Their True Friends
Pastors must work to maintain friends in the church. The stakes are too high. The result of isolation is depression, burnout, or moral failure. You can’t be wise on your own. You need God’s Truth and good friends.
How Healthy Are Pastors’ Relationships?
Vital to the health of any pastor, minister, elder or priest are the abundance and vitality of their relational resources. But how hard is ministry on pastor’s families? Do they have close friends? Who leads their church alongside them—and is it working? Barna conducted a major study into how today’s faith leaders are navigating life and leadership in an age of complexity. Here are some findings.
Five Reasons Some Pastors Are Loners—And Why That's Not Good
Admit our tendencies. Ask God for courage and wisdom to invest in someone else. Find 1-3 other believers into whose lives we might invest ourselves.
Why do United Methodist pastors change churches?
The United Methodist Church’s unique system of deploying clergy has its roots in the earliest days of Methodism.
10 Suggestions to Welcome a New Pastor
As a pastor and through my online ministry, I would frequently receive questions from churches who wanted to welcome a new pastor and do it well. I’m revising a post I’ve written and shared before, but it’s timely now. As I type this, I’m preaching this weekend for a church that will soon be getting a new pastor. The church I recently left as pastor is voting on a new pastor – this weekend I have some advice to give a congregations on…
Devotional from Pastor Jim Cymbala
Sunday, March 26, 2017 “I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.” (Jeremiah 33:8 NIV) When people are looking to fill a spot in a company or a sports team or some type of artistic competition, they look for talent or some potential that could be developed in the person. They may also go by the person’s resume and references showing what others think of them, and by…
Abounding Grace with Pastor Ed Taylor
Today on Abounding Grace Pastor Ed Taylor begins a new three part series and he'll be asking and answering the question, "What is Calvary Chapel Aurora?” . Click "Share" below to spread this message!
How Pastors Feel When Church Members Leave
Pastors go through several emotions when church members leave. Today, we cover five reasons why.