In the midst of a reflection about pastoral commitment (and not making decisions on Mondays), Tom Ascol makes a point about pastoral calling that is helpful; one that makes more and more sense as the years go by. When considering a call to ministry, along with consideration about whether to go, the thought needs to …

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Will Willimon tells the story of his first Christmas in a new appointment serving a very small church, having received the news that his estranged black-sheep father has died in his memoir Accidental Preacher. His stories resonate with experiences of pastoral life, not in a self-serving or manipulative way that presents the pastoral role as …

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This was an interesting article in which the writer describes the concern that pastors live with regarding the well-being of those they serve in ministry. The concern is not a sign something is wrong, rather it is a mark of calling. And it is part of our lives, to some degree or another, every minute …

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John Starke writes about pastoring during a season of depression. And a source of encouragement through that time. I began to notice that I wasn’t just sad or discouraged about my circumstances. Something was different. There was a darkness that had set in. My sorrow and discouragement began to wrap around me and squeeze. It …

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Kevin DeYoung reflects on Second Corinthians 11:28 “apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.” Pastoral life brings what Paul characterises as “anxiety,” and DeYoung is at pains (as is Paul) not to be seeking pity, or to make out that this anxiety is worse …

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This is an article by Brad Hambrick, published by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. These ten types of thinking are described as fuelling the depressive-anxious experience. From personal experience they certainly resonate. It would be helpful to understand that this is not a matter of identifying these in others …

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