Most weeks of all the time I’ve spent as a pastor I’ve gathered together with pastors of other churches and other denominations and we’ve prayed together and enjoyed each other’s friendship. There have been those who have come and departed, some have stayed for longer times than others, but all who have committed into this …

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Sam Rainer observes the impacts on congregational life and ministry activity that flows from a contemporary change toward less frequent attendance at corporate worship by active Christians. The reality challenges traditional practices of pastoral care and congregational communication. For example: The church feels smaller but is actually larger. Consider a church that has four hundred …

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Sam Rainer offers some observations about church culture: whether the pace of change can be attributed to complacency or other elements of culture that mean that change does not take place at the same pace as other places. Wise pastoral leadership will take the time to learn what is behind the church’s culture, and also …

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