Trailblazers and Opportunists

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday when I share a post about life as a pastor and some of the things that make this life so challenging. I’ve been a little busier than usual but hope to be back on track with posts this week.) One of the beautiful and horrible things about email is that IContinue reading “Trailblazers and Opportunists”

Getting Out of Bed

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday, time for a mostly weekly post about pastoral ministry – the life and the challenges, the highs and lows of living this pastor’s life. Step up and take a look behind the curtain.) There’s an old joke that goes something like this… One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wakeContinue reading “Getting Out of Bed”

Driving the Bus

(Every Tuesday I try to post something here about pastoral ministry. Sometimes I’m reacting, sometimes sharing from my experiences and sometimes I’m spouting off about my philosophy of ministry. And sometimes it’s all 3 or none of the above.) During this season of pandemic there have been a lot of voices coming at us withContinue reading “Driving the Bus”

Old Dogs, New Tricks

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday, a weekly glimpse behind the curtain of pastoral ministry to share what this pastor’s life is really like. Welcome. Doctors, teachers and pastors all have to make an investment in continuing education. This current season of “distancing” has made most of the pastors I know dig deep and pick up someContinue reading “Old Dogs, New Tricks”

Sudden Televangelists

On Tuesdays I like to post a short reflection on this pastor’s story I’m in, on this life in pastoral ministry. Thanks for taking the time to read even a single word. And suddenly we were all televangelists. These are strange days we’re in. Some pastors are scrambling to learn new skills related to technologyContinue reading “Sudden Televangelists”

Love in the Time of Corona

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Every week, or at least most weeks when life doesn’t interfere, I post a reflection on life in pastoral ministry. A little look behind the curtain to see the person pulling the levers and making the big head talk. Thanks for stopping by. I have a lot of books on myContinue reading “Love in the Time of Corona”

Ordination

It’s pastoral ministry Tuesday where I share a little bit of the journey, a little glimpse behind the curtain, and share some observations about this pastor’s life. I’m part of a denomination/church movement that has a low view of ordination until it’s expedient to have a high view of ordination. On one hand, we haveContinue reading “Ordination”

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”