Category Archives: Pastoral Ministry

Every pastor should have a story like this: Beware church visitors bearing gifts

I still chuckle every time I think about this. Several years ago, two sisters visited the church where I serve as pastor. After the service they spent twenty minutes telling me how I should have preached the text and pointed … Continue reading

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Is it the person or is it the organization?

Any church can have a pastor or pastoral staff member who fails morally. This is simply a sad reality. But when a church or religious organization has person after person in leadership positions with moral failures (some of them repeated … Continue reading

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Reinterpreting the Church’s Mission

Donald Bloesch points out that the rise of new theologies has brought about a drastic reinterpretation of the church’s mission: Whereas traditional theology envisions the church’s mission as the proclamation of the good news of redemption through the cross and … Continue reading

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P. T. Forsyth on preaching as “the most distinctive institution in Christianity”

Please note that I have added the paragraph breaks to make it easier to read. This was all one paragraph in the original. Preaching (I have said), is the most distinctive institution in Christianity. It is quite different from oratory. … Continue reading

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Church (Membership) Covenants, Power Structures, and Shepherding the Flock of God

The church where I serve has a  church covenant. It is available on our website and along with it is a document with my own commentary on the church covenant, what the sections mean and how we live it out … Continue reading

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Pastor, You’re Not Too Busy

Pastors often talk as if they are the busiest people in the world. This is not true. Even the secular world realizes what Eugene Peterson wrote to us pastors in his book The Contemplative Pastor: We shouldn’t strive to be … Continue reading

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Some Practical Thoughts from the Front Lines on Ministry-Family Balance

I have spent Thanksgiving visiting dying people in the hospital. A few years ago I did a funeral on Christmas Eve. There have been occasions I’ve had to shift family things around to accommodate church matters. My son has a difficult … Continue reading

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