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How should a pastor process criticism?

A helpful way to understand some of the pressures of pastoral ministry is the term “mudslinging.”  This is referring to what can be a consistent flow of harsh words, corrections, and criticisms towards the pastor and his decisions.  When there

Posted in The Pastor's Soul

How did the Practical Shepherding Workshop go?

I couldn’t be more pleased with how well the workshop went.  The hospitality from SBTS was wonderful and well done.  The PS staff did a great job.  Everything went smooth.  We had a good crowd including several walk-ins we were

Posted in The Pastor's Soul

What are the top 10 books every pastor should read…and re-read?

Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked?  Impossible, isn’t it?  At least it is for me.  I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor

Posted in Book Recommendation, The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

How do you counsel a pastor when it is time to leave his church?

I get asked this a lot.  Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry way to know.  Here is a portion of an answer I sent to a pastor who has spent several years struggling through a very hard church.  It

Posted in The Pastor's Soul
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