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How should a pastor respond to an encouraging word said about his sermon?

“Great job…good sermon…that really spoke to me.”  The list of phrases a pastor may hear as church members exit the church goes on.  Inevitably, whether the sermon was good or not, these quick comments will be spoken to us with

Posted in Preaching, The Pastor's Soul

Why should a pastor use all his vacation time each year?

You may begin reading this post with the idea that I will suggest how many weeks of vacation you should be given by your church, or how much you should advocate to give your pastor.  Instead, I intend to answer this

Posted in The Pastor's Soul

SBTS releases new guide book on Church Revitalization

Some of you may have already heard of the new role at SBTS I have assumed.  In addition to my responsibilities at my local church and with Practical Shepherding, I have decided to accept a third hat to wear.  I

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

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
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