Will Willimon makes big statements, and has the capacity with words to back those statements up. Introducing his book Leading With The Sermon, Willimon expands on his provocative opening statement. Preaching is the most important task of an ordained leader. Preaching is at the centre of pastoral work not only because in preaching a pastor …

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The current crisis in a unique time for pastors. Usually crises are experienced on a personal or group level, but almost never on a ubiquitous level. When folk experience crisis situations we try to help them draw down of the spiritual capital God has accumulated in their lives. A crisis is not the optimal time …

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Some words of reflection about a pastoral ministry philosophy that is firm, but gentle; and does not come communicate disappointment and demand. Passion for growth of the kingdom can result as God’s people being seen as the means to implement a vision, rather than being the sphere in which the pastor serves. From Peter Bogert: …

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Something that I’ve become conscious of over the last couple of years is the link between growth in congregational size and change in leadership style. Increasing beyond certain numbers of people in a congregation is sometimes portrayed as a ‘barrier’. What is being identified in that is that at certain sizes a group of people …

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