I have been trying to learn (since it was pointed out to me in painful circumstances) that saying things about members of the congregation in a negative way as a form of ‘in joke’ is wrong. That lesson has been hard to apply because of the familiarity we have with each other as a church, …

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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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The Care Of Souls by Harold Senkbeil is a book about pastoral ministry that focuses on the pastoral role as ministering grace, rather than managerial or therapeutic. In writing about being a pastor, Senkbeil describes how the acts of pastoral craft move from being habits to what he terms habitus, and how the pastor moves …

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A list of eight areas (characterised as “shackles every pastor should shatter“). This one is a very besetting aspect of pastoral ministry: 3. Be Free from Fixing Some pastors are never happier than their saddest congregant, and they often feel personally responsible for every person and problem in the church. Pastor, you can’t pull everyone …

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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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