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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, Preaching, The Pastor's Soul

Why did I take the whole month of July off from all ministry?

As many of you know, I wear three ministry hats.  I am the Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church, the founder and ministry director of Practical Shepherding, and now run the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at SBTS.  The rigors

Posted in Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul

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
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