Proverbs 4:23 – “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (ESV) “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.” MSG 1 Timothy 4:16 - “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will … Continue reading The Answer for Isolation & Loneliness in Ministry Life
Last week I reposted an article by Ken Sande regarding his first hand experience with a pastor friend who burned out. This week, we hear the story of how easy it is for the spouse of a pastor to get caught in the whirlwind of ministry life and end up toasted as well. I want … Continue reading Burnout isn’t Just a Pastor Thing…
In my last blog, I began to explore what I think are the top five reasons pastors (and probably quite a few of the rest of us) don’t ask for help. I know that in my own life, I am constantly amazed at how often these tendencies crop up. The daily challenge is to lean … Continue reading I Can Manage on My Own… Part 2 of “5 Reasons Pastors Don’t Ask for Help – and what can happen if you do!”
I just finished reading this extremely thought provoking book by Dr. John Koessler, and I highly recommend it for everyone – but especially for the exited pastors among us. The title was what first drew me to purchase the book. It was a mind grabber. However, Dr. Koessler’s ability to be both pastor and theologian … Continue reading The Surprising Grace of Disappointment – Book Review
"Today, I can write about helping pastors, or I can actually help them." This was the statement I made to my wife sitting out on our patio the other morning. As we talked over coffee, I was facing choices about my agenda for the day. There were a couple of situations that had come up … Continue reading A Loose Grip
“Do you know where your pastor is?” I am not asking about where he is physically; that would be weird. (Besides, if he has a smartphone the GPS will handle that.) What I am asking is, do you know the emotional and spiritual state of the one who shepherds the flock you are a part … Continue reading Do You Know Where Your Pastor Is?
Years ago, when I was pastoring, I asked one of the ladies at our church to create a banner around the Latin term “Sursum Corda.” She did a fabulous job, visually depicting the concept of what the term literally means: “Up with Your Heart!” Hanging for all to see at the front of the church, … Continue reading The Thankful Pastor – Patterns for Healthy Pastoral Life Pt. 2
How do we align biblical understandings of pastoral ministry with cultural expectations…Can we? One of the books I have listed on my “Reading” page is David Rohrer’s new book, “The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry”(IVP). I found this book to be incredibly insightful and refreshing. The author takes his cue from the life and work … Continue reading Bookshelf – Recommended Reads
Many of you probably know about the blog site “Internet Monk”, but it has been a recent discovery of mine. While it is not my intent to simply be a re-poster of the works of others, I am always delighted to share insights and resources that I think will be helpful. Today's posting from the … Continue reading Just passing through…
This is a re-post from "The Brook Network". I am very interested in the work Mel Lawrenz is doing on spiritual influence. Mel is the Minister-at-Large from Elmbrook Church. http://www.thebrooknetwork.org/about/ What Does God Require? by Mel Lawrenz All of us wrestle with the expectations that other people have of us. The only expectations that matter, ultimately, are God's … Continue reading What does God require?