Should Pastors Be Involved in Pastoral Care?

Leadership and Ministry

I’m increasingly hearing calls for pastors to step back from pastoral care. Experts in church growth are claiming that one of the most important things to do to grow a church is for the pastor […]

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5 Ways For Pastors to Avoid Burnout

Pastors Burnout

While pastoral ministry is a very rewarding career, it can easily lead to burnout. Back in 2010, The New York Times published an article on pastoral burnout. The findings have surfaced with ominous regularity over […]

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Can I Be a Pastor and Autistic?

Disability and Faith

One of the reasons that some people are surprised by my autism diagnosis is my history of Christian ministry. I have worked as a pastor, chaplain and Bible teacher. All of those roles require social […]

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Atheists in the Pulpit

There has been a recent article about a United Church of Canada minister who is an avowed atheist. The denomination is trying to determine if she is still effective in her ministry. For those unfamiliar […]

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5 Tips to Prevent Pastor Burnout

Leadership and Ministry

Being in pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers available. At the same time it is stressful and there are all too many cases of burnout. Pastoral ministry does not have to lead to […]

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5 Things to Know Before You Become a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I have pastored for twenty years and I recommend it as one way to serve God. I had an extremely positive experience but there are certain things that people should understand before beginning a career as […]

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What Does It Mean to Be an Ex-Pastor?

Leadership and Ministry

I recently blogged on how I understand the call to ministry. I mentioned in passing that I felt called to ministry (even though I understand that call differently now) but that now I am not […]

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Does God Call People into the Ministry?

Leadership and Ministry

The question of God’s call to ministry is something that has very much been on my mind. The reason for this is that I truly believed that God called me into the ministry and yet […]

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