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…”

Things They Did Not Tell Me

Each week I am posting on Tuesdays about a different aspect of a pastor’s life. It’s pretty easy – or so it seems to my German DNA – for this to sound whiny. I imagine this was how Paul came across to the Corinthians. They valued strength and stoicism and Paul offered vulnerability and openContinue reading “Things They Did Not Tell Me”

The Anti-Baskin

One of the most important things I’ve ever heard was from my friend, Dr. Charles Montgomery Jr. Dr. Montgomery was addressing a full house at an international conference when he offered this simple truth: “If you want a diverse church, you have to have a diverse life.” The truth inside this statement is worthy ofContinue reading “The Anti-Baskin”

Entangled

One aspect of a pastor’s life that no one prepared me for was how entangled all my relationships would be because I am a pastor. The one piece of guidance I was given that I believe was intended to protect me from the natural entanglement of a pastor’s life: never be friends with people fromContinue reading “Entangled”

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”