Category Archives: Ministers

Mark Love on Cynicism and Ministry Training

Marvelous post by Mark Love: “Learning Without Cynicism” — We also try to take an appreciative stance in relation to the congregation. We do this in two or three deliberate ways. Part of it is built into our notion of … Continue reading

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The Preacher Search: Lessons for Churches Searching for Preachers, Part 1

We finished a 15-month preacher search late last year. I’ve learned several lessons I thought I should pass along. Many of these I learned the hard way. This was not my first preacher search, by any means, but the Churches … Continue reading

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Leadership: The National Association of Evangelicals Issues Code of Ethics for Pastors

The National Association of Evangelicals has issued a code of ethics for pastors. It deals with integrity, trustworthiness, purity, accountability, and fairness. Read the code. Do you agree with the principles? What’s missing? Should a minister sign?

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Ministers: Why We Should Do Background Checks on Ministers Before We Hire Them

The Christian Chronicle just ran this astonishing story. The full story is from the Washington Post, and it’s a fascinating, disturbing read. It seems that a Virginia Church of Christ hired a minister who had been convicted of beating his … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: He says he’s suffering from burn out. Is he serious? (The Minister)

In my view, most cases of preacher burn out are the fault of the elders, the congregation, or our unchallenged traditions. But sometimes, it’s the preacher. Preachers can burn themselves out by — * Not praying enough * Not taking … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: He says he’s suffering from burn out. Is he serious? (Simple Church)

One of the most important books in church literature to come out in a while is Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples. It’s a quick and easy read — and very powerful. It’s premise is, well, simple: … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: He says he’s suffering from burn out. Is he serious? (Murmuring)

Now that we’ve solved the problems with elders, we need to address murmuring by the congregation. (Heb 13:17 ESV) 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: He says he’s suffering from burn out. Is he serious? (Elders/Staff Relationship)

Once we have properly selected elders — that is, once we’ve selected those chosen by God — and once we’ve equipped them for a very difficult office, we need to decide how they should relate to the ministerial staff. The … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: Why Aren’t Preachers Also Elders?

Matthew wrote in a comment, I’m enjoying this series a lot – thanks. Would you be willing to analyze the historical trajectory/reasons in the Churches of Christ which keep Church of Christ preachers from being elders (as in other congregational … Continue reading

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Clergy & Laity: He says he’s suffering from burn out. Is he serious? (Elder Training)

Developing better elders is the first step toward overcoming this plague of burn out. It’s not enough, but it’s essential. Once we have men in the eldership with the right raw material — the right gifts — we need for … Continue reading

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