Emotional Vampires: Book Review

Emotional Vampires: Book Review

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, funerals and special...
Can Pastors Be Close Friends With Those They Also Pastor?

Can Pastors Be Close Friends With Those They Also Pastor?

“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 as I am kind of person. I have never liked being fake or inauthentic.

Stop Lying to Yourself and Start Living

Stop Lying to Yourself and Start Living

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. Making sure we can understand the deep things of God. This is important of course but it is only the tip of the iceberg of what we need to know to effectively pastor.

BOOK REVIEW: Vulnerability

BOOK REVIEW: Vulnerability

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. We’ve learned to hide ourselves from others.