Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

 Ministry is hard work, beset by temptation, difficulty, and weariness. Clergy are not immune to depression or suicidal thoughts. What follows is advice for pastors, designed to help prevent the depression that can lead to suicide. Fellowship It is all too common for...
When People Try to Undermine the Pastor’s Authority

When People Try to Undermine the Pastor’s Authority

This subject is difficult for me because the very thought of it makes me ill. If you have experienced, or are now experiencing, a situation where a congregant or a group of congregants try to undermine your authority as a pastor, you are not alone. I would imagine it...
The Necessity of Being A Bivocational Pastor

The Necessity of Being A Bivocational Pastor

Does God still call people to become a bivocational pastor? Most young pastors probably assume that, of course, God wants them to receive a salary from their church that compensates for all their family’s financial needs (and if the budget’s not there, then that’s...
Seven Ways to Battle the Urge to Quit 

Seven Ways to Battle the Urge to Quit 

I quit! Admit it. Sometimes you feel like shouting it from the highest rooftop…or the closest podium. I quit!  I’m done with people who are ungrateful and selfish. I’m finished with ministry leaders who serve their own agenda.  I’m exhausted by ministry participants...