A Special Surprise Inside

This is a Pastoral Ministry Tuesday post. These posts share insights, ideas and observations from my ongoing journey in my vocation as a pastor. They are true to my experience which may or may not overlap with your own. As I was graduating from Bible College with my undergrad, two things happened at the sameContinue reading “A Special Surprise Inside”

“Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 3

Pastoral Ministry Tuesday. PMT posts give some insight or background into my “philosophy of ministry” or my best understanding of the practices that help people become mature followers of Jesus. Part One, Part Two ec·cle·si·ol·o·gy /əˌklēzēˈäləjē/noun1. the study of churches, especially church building and decoration.2. theology as applied to the nature and structure of theContinue reading ““Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 3”

“Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 2

PMT posts give some insight or background into my “philosophy of ministry” or my best understanding of the practices that help people become mature followers of Jesus. part two of “Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?” I would encourage you to read part one before jumping in. I want to resistContinue reading ““Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”pt 2”

Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

Pastoral Ministry Tuesday (PMT) posts give some insight or background into my “philosophy of ministry” or my best understanding of the practices that help people become mature followers of Jesus. One of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables is about the power of naming. Anne observes “I read in a book once thatContinue reading “Would a Pastor by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”

Dust in the Wind

It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday, so that means it’s time for another post about my life as a pastor and this story I find myself in. Hey. It’s been a while. To be honest, I’ve been living somewhere between exhausted and disoriented which has opened the door to some depression over the last little while. I’mContinue reading “Dust in the Wind”

Momentum

(It’s Pastoral Ministry Tuesday on June 30, 2020. On these PMTs I try to make some notes about this pastoral life and the lessons I’ve learned in the midst of my story. I’m still deluded enough to think these notes might be helpful to others. Don’t dispossess me of that notion!) In local church ministryContinue reading “Momentum”

Pastoring and Pandemics

To meet or not to meet. That seems to be the big question. In all my years of education and pastoral conferences, workshops and seminars, we never once covered “What to do in a Pandemic.” And while there are suddenly heaps of resources I can buy right now and online seminars I can pay toContinue reading “Pastoring and Pandemics”

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”