The news of a California pastor’s suicide sent shockwaves through the internet this week and rightly so. That news should stop each of us engaged in pastoral responsibilities in our tracks and drive us to our knees on behalf of his family and his church. Every day this week my Facebook feed has been filled … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Anxiety and Depression in the Pastorate
I fell under a deep conviction in 2008. And beginning a ministerial career under God's judgment wouldn't be the best start. I acquired a nasty habit during my college years. I found myself often saying, "I'll pray for you," only to then forget completely. My neglect of others wasn't intentional; I said, "I'll pray for … Continue reading How do you pray for your church members?
I’ve only been a Senior Pastor for a total of six months. This means, of course, that I have no access to any grand wisdom. However, I wanted to offer up five reflections on my first six months as pastor. 1. Set Your Routine Everyone wants a piece of the pie. Most people are well-intentioned … Continue reading Five Pastoral Reflections
I guess you could say that my calling has been a little like Amos’s. The prophet Amos was not like the others. He was an ordinary shepherd. He did not come from a family of priests or prophets. He just did what God called him to do, and found himself doing the Lord’s work as … Continue reading What I Wish I Would Have Known When Looking For My First Pastorate