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How does a pastor deal with awkward silence with visiting folks?

This is a question that came to me by a young and introverted pastor who is struggling to know how to make conversation with elderly folks when he goes to visit them.  I wish more and more young pastors knew their weaknesses

Posted in Caring for Widows, Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls

What is an important lesson a pastor can only learn by staying longer than 5 years at his church?

A pastor must stay longer than 5 years to learn about the sweetness of tough love. Every pastor thinks he wants everyone to instantly receive him and his ministry and think those ultra-supportive church members are exactly what he wants.  But I have

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What should a pastor do in his first few years at a church?

So many of the mistakes and missteps a pastor makes in a church as the new pastor comes from a lack of knowledge of what to do. The absence of clear thinking on this matter causes a pastor to listen to

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

What is an essential message for every modern day pastor?

I have known Mark Dever almost 20 years.  This may be the most important word I have ever heard him publicly give.  Every modern day pastor needs to listen and take it to heart:

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul
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