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”

Manipulation

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. Here’s an important question that comes up in pastoral ministry, “How do you get people to do what you want/need them to do?” Most of the time we’re a little more nuanced in the way we ask it. We save the blunt questions until we’re alone in a “senior pastors only”Continue reading “Manipulation”

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…”