After 33 years as a pastor (32 in the same church), I know by experience that the life of a pastor is a continual reminder that God put His “treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power … Continue reading
Posted in Call to ministry, Calling, Christian Counselor, Christianity, Church Leadership, Counseling, Ecclesiology 101, Elders, elders in the Church, Emerging Leaders, Leadership, Local Church, Pastors
How can we protect new leaders from learning too much by trial and error?
Posted in Christian Counselor, Church, Church Leadership, Counseling, elders in the Church, Emerging Leaders, Leadership, Life of a pastor, Local Church, Pastors, Qualifications for leadership, Wisdom
Tagged advice for counselors, Christian counseling, training leaders
It would be impossible to adequately prepare young leaders for handling the many issues encountered in ministry today. Continue reading
Posted in Call to ministry, Christian Counselor, Christian worldview, Church Leadership, Coaching, Counseling, Elders, elders in the Church, Emerging Leaders, Leadership, Life of a pastor, Local Church, Pastors, Qualifications for leadership, Wisdom
Tagged advice for new pastors, Christian counseling, Counseling, Counselors, new pastors, training for counselors, young leaders
We cannot adequately encourage those who have lost perspective without discouraging them from a frame of mind that binds them to their discouragement. (Read it again).
Getting out of the fog of despondency often requires a little loving admonishment. Caring friends will cross this line with love and sensitivity when they sense we need a better perspective. Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety, Attitude, Bitterness, Christian Counselor, Christian life, Christian worldview, Comfort, Complaceny, Complaining, Confession, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Encouragement, Faith, Holistic ministry, Joy
Tagged Counseling, dealing with discouragement, Depression, Despair, Discouraged
Many people waste too much time and energy on past regrets (leading to guilt and depression) or future fears (causing anxiety and fear). These feelings are intruders; thieves on a mission to steal our joy.
I feel certain that most Christians need a better vision of the greatness of their salvation — a panoramic view! We must learn to think of salvation as a return to full and final glory — a return to the Imago Dei (image of God).
Posted in Christian Counselor, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church Leadership, Church membership, Elders, Evil in the world, Glorify God, God, God's Will, Holistic ministry, Human depravity, Human dignity, Imago Dei, Kingdom, Missions, Pastors, Reconciliation, Salvation, Wisdom
Tagged Basis for ministry, Church ministry, Theological foundation for ministry