Archive for April, 2011

Helping Pastors with Sexual Purity

Sexual compromise + fear + silence = growing trouble.  This is true for any Christian.  It is true for pastors.  Maybe you and I are stumbling on the internet (for example), viewing sexually explicit material.  We tell no one about it because we are afraid of the consequences to our families or to our ministries.  So we continue in the bondage of guilt and shame and loss of power.  And we feed a growing reservoir of trouble that will eventually burst a dam.

Yet this enslaving cycle—sin, guilt, confession, resolve, sin, guilt, confession, resolve—within the self-perpetuating shroud of silence may be a reality for as many as half of the men in our congregations and as many as a third of the pastors.  (This according to various studies.)

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Responding to District Conference

If you attended district conference this year, your responses to how to do a dissertation the two questions below may be helpful to other pastors in the district as we continue to process and apply Larry Osborne’s teaching on Team Oriented Ministry.

1.  What was your number-one “take-away” from the event–the most influential lesson you learned?

2.  What is the most pressing question or concern that remains with you?

We invite your response to either or both of these questions, and your comments to any of the responses that are posted.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 | No Comments »

Equipping Leaders for the Harvest

What “game-changing” impact would you make in your own life and the lives of your congregants, if it was within your power to do so?   Mine would look something like EQUIPPING laborers and leaders for greater, sanctified OBEDIENCE and for maximum MULTIPLICATION (“100-60-30-Fold Harvest” Matt 13).  Aren’t we all cultivating, planting, and reaping in our Master’s field toward that very end? 

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Monday, April 4th, 2011 | No Comments »
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