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  • 5 Reasons Every Pastor Should Be Online
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    ← Thank You Contact → Blogs According to a Barna Study on the State of Pastors, the average age of pastors in the United States is 54.  I reference this number because what this age of 54 tells me is that the great majority of pastors in America...
  • LEADING WITH A LIMP
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    If you are finding ministry hard or are struggling with your inadequacies for the task before you, reading this book will be very beneficial. Allender is very open about his personal struggles and has a good eye for the common struggles of leadership and especially spiritual leadership.
  • BOOK REVIEW: Crucial Accountability
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    I have often struggled with knowing how to confront difficult people in difficult situations. When it comes to my attention that one of my leaders is being disloyal to me or to the organization, do I go confront them? How do I even broach the subject? For that matter,...
  • Dealing With a Difficult Board
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Every pastor who has pastored for any length of time has experienced circumstances where their church board doesn’t see eye to eye with them. You have this grand vision of where the church should go or what the next step is but some people on your board don’t agree...
  • BOOK REVIEW: Vulnerability
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    What do you think of when you think of being vulnerable? Chance are, it isn’t anything positive. In the world’s eyes, being vulnerable is equated with being weak, inferior, undesirable. Brad Hambrick starts his book, Vulnerability, by admitting that vulnerability can be seen as something painful or dangerous....
  • When the Personal Well Runs Dry
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Pastoring can be very challenging at times. We are expected to always be 'on'. To always be prepared to deliver a key thought, sermon, devotional, homily. Most times, I've been able to keep up. Unlike many of my colleagues, I enjoy speaking / teaching. It comes naturally to me,...
  • Plagiarism... Pastoral Ethics in Question
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    I was recently visiting the ChurchLeaders.com blog and read an article called Pastoral Plagiarism: 10 Do’s and Don’ts. It made me think about the issue of Pastoral Ethics. You may or may not have come across a pastor who has plagiarized a sermon or a series of sermons before. I...
  • When People Criticize You
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    No one likes to be criticized. It doesn’t feel good. It also tends to touch pain points we all have developed since childhood. As little children, when our parents got upset at us, we would internalize these events as there being something wrong with us.
  • Stop Lying to Yourself and Start Living
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    How much training did you receive on emotional health issues while in school? If your formal schooling was like mine, you received very little. I recently heard it said that schools teach the what but rarely the why or the how. Lots of time is spent teaching us theology....
  • 10 Things that Make Leadership Lonely
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Anyone who has been a leader for any length of time will attest to the fact that being in leadership means getting used to feeling lonely. I've listed ten things below that leaders face that can cause leaders to feel isolated and alone.
  • Where are the Safe Churches?
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Is the church you pastor a safe church? Is it a place where people are accepted just as they are? A place where a weakness is celebrated rather than exploited? Where people are encouraged to be open about their struggles and shortcomings so that other believers may encourage them...
  • Too Busy to Spend Time with God
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders as a pastor. I have never had a single day where I had no task or no pressing matter to attend to. The list of tasks I should be doing are very long. The list of expectations from members are...
  • Can Pastors Be Close Friends With Those They Also...
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    "Pastors should never be friends with members of their own congregation." More than one of my professors in both my undergrad theology classes and my mDiv graduate classes offered this advice. As a young person I didn't understand where they were coming from. I've always been a take me...
  • When Pastoring Hurts Too Much
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Blogs by Joe Duchesne | Sep 14, 2017 | 0 comments As a young, newly minted pastor I received a lot of advice. One piece of advice I remember someone giving me was that if I could do anything else other than pastoring successfully I should do it....
  • Emotional Vampires: Book Review
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Blogs by Joe Duchesne | Sep 14, 2017 | 0 comments There are many things that make pastoring difficult. We are expected to be a jack of all trades. We are often expected to be administrators, strategic planners, awe-inspiring preachers, excellent teachers, counselors, be present for all births,...
  • Strategic Planning | Why it is Important
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    ← Thank You Contact → Blogs I was never trained on how to do effective strategic planning during all of the almost seven years of theological training. I received hundreds of hours on how to parse Greek and Hebrew, how to prepare sermons and how to write theological papers....
  • Influencing Our Members While Avoiding Manipulation
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Ministry can be frustrating. It sometimes feels like herding cats. Everyone wants to do their own thing. When things don't go my way, too often in the past I'd get angry and try to push my members towards my desired outcome. What I discovered, however, was that when I...
  • 4 Ways to Ruin Your Honeymoon
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    Have you just started in your new church? Good news! You have a honeymoon to enjoy! The first 6-9 months of a new pastorate can be a fun and fruitful time. Your members are getting to know you while you are getting to know them. It is a time...
  • Protecting Our Family from Our Members
    Joe Duchesne
    anemptytextlline
    No one can know the burdens carried by the pastor and members of their immediate family other than other pastors. Members often place unrealistic expectations on pastors and their families. Imperfections are often not tolerated. Any perceived mistep becomes grounds for criticism and harsh judgement. This can lead to...