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Should a pastor be discouraged if his church is in decline?

I am amazed at how much material has been released recently about church revitalization.  I just heard a statistic that 80% of churches in America have either plateaued or are in decline.  I am grateful for the efforts of those

Posted in Preaching, The Pastor's Soul

What is the most common ministry priority that a pastor neglects?

When I became a senior pastor, transitioning from an associate role at another church, my life and ministry suddenly became very busy—busier than they had ever been before. I knew, without a doubt, what I was called to do. I

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What aspects of a pastor’s weekly routine should remain consistent?

I am not sure what a “normal” week looks like for a pastor.  We are often pulled in the direction of the greatest needs of the moment and regularly deviate from the original plan.  There are, however, some aspects of my week of

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

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 Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul
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