When Pastoring Hurts Too Much

When Pastoring Hurts Too Much

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. The idea being that for one who is called to the ministry, God will not...
Where are the Safe Churches?

Where are the Safe Churches?

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 and pray for them?