Does your church feel like a loving family or a dysfunctional mess?

Pastoral ministry is challenging at the best of times. Leading our churches to greater spiritual / emotional health is even more so. If you aren’t satified with the status quo, you’ve come to the right place. Jesus himself promised in John 13:35 that “all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Joe Duchesne's Journey

From One Pastors' Heart to Another

I don’t believe in accidents. Our Heavenly Father ultimately guides us all through the Holy Spirit throughout our lives. You didn’t find this website by accident and I didn’t end up creating the content  of this website by accident. I firmly believe that we were both divinely guided.

I created this website as a labour of love. I know first hand how brutal pastoral ministry can be. It isn’t just brutal because of the difficult and sometimes toxic people we encounter as we pastor. No, it is also brutal because the call to Pastoral Ministry is a call to dying to self. To obeying Jesus when he told us in Matthew 16:24-25, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Pastoral Ministry is a brutal calling. We often get unfairly criticized, second-guessed and shortchanged. We get falsely accused. We work irregular and sometimes brutal hours. Our wife and kids get caught in the crossfire. When it is going well, it is the best job in the world. When it is going badly, anything is better…

What is demanded of us, only God himself can produce.

I invite you to journey with me. It is my hope that as you do, you’ll be encouraged and directed by the Holy Spirit to stay faithful to the calling that God Himself has placed on your life and mine.