6 Warning Signs of Pastoral Burnout

Adrenal FatigueAfter the death of my third child, my family physician told me that clinical depression was the result of accumulated stress that had been allowed to exist and grow over a period of years. My onset had been triggered by the trauma of death and the hormonal symptoms inflicted upon my wife that created […]

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Rethinking Volunteerism in the Church

A Pastoral Leadership ChallengeOne of the primary challenges that leaders in the church is staffing ministries with volunteers.When each believer exercises his or her unique gifts, the church works like a body , with hands, feet, eyes, ears functioning together as one unit to accomplish a goal.When those with gifts decline to use them, the church becomes […]

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Pastor, Are You Taking Enough Vacation Time?

Quick Navigation Vacation as HolidayThe Sabbath PricipleExtended Time for RecoveryMental Energy and Physical LaborThree Rings of Rest and RenewalRing #1: A Weekly 24-Hour SabbathRing #2: An Annual 2-4 Week SabbathRing #3: A True SabbaticalConclusion Vacation as HolidayEuropeans call their vacations being on “holiday.” I love that. Holiday is a compressed version of holy day. Like Halloween […]

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How to Overcome Being a Pastoral Poser

Contents and Quick Navigation Introduction: The Pastoral Pose1. The Pressure We Face2. The Danger of Success3. The Two Options4. The Source of Spiritual PassionConclusion: A Resume of Failures Introduction: The PoseIn 2001, Georgia Tech head coach, George O’Leary, left the Yellow Jackets to take over as head coach for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. […]

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What is the Essence of Faithful Pastoral Ministry?

Contents Avoiding Unbiblical ExpectationsBaseline IndicatorsAn Effective ModelPutting It Together Avoiding Unbiblical ExpectationsIn a previous post we discovered that pastors do not have to fit into a predesigned pastoral mold. In other words, we do not have to wear Saul’s armor.Every pastor brings a unique “gift mix” to his ministry, including a distinctive personality wiring that […]

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A 5-Word Pastoral Manifesto

Contents A Cursed RobePastor as Vicar? ImplicationsA Five-Word Pastoral Manifesto From Now On A Cursed RobeIn April 1995, upon my ordination into gospel ministry as a pastor, I received a “Geneva gown” that was endued with a curse.Now, there was anything inherently sinful with the robe. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to wear clerical […]

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Dandelions of Grace: 3 Perspectives on “Sending”

Quick Navigation Introduction – Our MoveA Partnership Saying GoodbyeA Dandelion of Grace1. THE PROBLEMS WITH SENDING   Fear of the UnknownFeelings of Loss and Heartache2. THE PURPOSE OF SENDINGSending = ExtendingA Lesson from Biology3. THE PLACES FOR SENDINGA New PerspectiveWe All Have Been SentGospel conclusion – William Borden  Three Famous PhrasesSending Requires Receiving Introduction – Our MoveWhen […]

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