The contemporary trend of turning everything into a measurable metric and then turning that into a replicable system which heavily implies that guaranteed success will be experienced wherever it is repeated weighs heavily in a context like long-term pastoral ministry. Murray Lean observes a crushing burden that can descend on pastoral life. The rise of …

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A somewhat contextless quote from Ron Edmondson that expresses a helpful reminder that pastors continually need to have brought to mind. …the role of a shepherd is to lead sheep to the source of provision, not be the provision. Shepherds point people to truth and grace, but you can (and should) trust God with people‚Äôs …

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This post at Gospel Coalition Africa is framed in terms and situations familiar with that continent, but which translate everywhere as Daniel Gachuki exhorts pastors to set their aspirations in Christ-like terms, rather than for worldly gain. Here’s one of his points: We Are Servants, Not Superintendents The Bible unashamedly calls gospel preachers servants. Paul …

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In A Liturgy Of Grief, Leslie C. Allen explores the biblical book of Lamentations and its theme of grief. While discerning patterns that have been helpful in dealing with individuals in chaplaincy work, Allen identifies some traits of corporate grief. Grief comes in many shapes, shades, and sizes. The grief of Lamentations is of a …

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