Scoreboard

On Pastoral Ministry Tuesdays I like to share a reflection on life as a pastor, a little glimpse behind the wizard’s curtain. How do you measure success? We’re obsessed with it. And in our part of the world we’re determined, it seems to me, not only to figure out if we’re “living it right” butContinue reading “Scoreboard”

Manipulation, pt 2

This is Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Every week I try to contribute a post about a pastor’s life. This is the second of two parts and you can read Part One by clicking the link. And now, on with today’s post… Manipulating people isn’t unique to the Church or to church leaders. I’d call it aContinue reading “Manipulation, pt 2”

Job Description

During the education that was supposed to prepare me for ministry, one of the most valuable things I learned was to always ask for the job description when I was interviewing for a pastoral position. When you’re being hired to be a pastor you might think you know what that means, or at least haveContinue reading “Job Description”

Here We Go Again…

It’s a new year and a new decade and it’s hard not to think about new things at a time like this. My experience with church, since I became part of a Pentecostal – charismatic – radical middle church, has been an almost obsessive devotion to “behold, I’m doing a new thing.” And while theContinue reading “Here We Go Again…”

The Pool

The Pool is a metaphor for one of the most challenging aspects of pastoral ministry for me. You might choose the metaphor of a group hiking trip, a group skiing trip, a group rafting trip – anything that involves a group of people at a variety of stages of experience and knowledge where consequences areContinue reading “The Pool”