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What lessons have you learned after 20 years of pastoral ministry?

This week completes 20 years of serving in vocational ministry of some kind. I spent my first 8 years serving as an associate pastor in a variety of roles in several different churches (May 1995 – August 2003). These last

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

How does a pastor minister to victims of sin?

Answer: Often it is out of our own suffering. This is commonly how God works in our lives by his grace and pastors are no different.  This is true for my friend and pastor, James Carroll.  James grew up a pastor’s kid

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What kind of pastor does God use to revitalize a church?

It is unfortunate the amount of dying churches that conclude they need one of two kinds of men to lead them to revitalize their church. Churches first pursue finding the next young, rock-star preacher to be their pastor, banking on

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

How do I encourage my pastor?

Based on the emails, notes, and phone calls I continue to get, trust me…your pastor needs encouragement.  He needs to know that what he does week in and week out means something to God as well as those for whom he

Posted in Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul
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