Pastoral Leadership

“Apart from heretical doctrine or immorality, one of the most serious charges that can be leveled against a pastor is sloth.”

"How can a pastor who is not lazy find himself accused of just that? The accusation, undeserved, arises from two sources: first, from a difference of opinion about what a pastor's workday should look like, and, second, from an unfortunate but correctable lack of self-awareness on the part the minister." - Ref21

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Pastor accused of abuse top candidate at Tenn. church

"Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which employed Feltner as an adjunct professor before the allegations came to light, suspended him Wednesday... Feltner is senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church, a non-Southern Baptist congregation in Burnsville [MN]. Berean is investigating the accusations, it said in a statement Wednesday, using 'outside, neutral and experienced professionals to perform this due diligence.'" - BPNews

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Potential Dangers of the Celebrity Pastor Syndrome

By David Gunn. Republished with permission from Baptist Bulletin © Regular Baptist Press. All rights reserved.

A professor once explained the evolution of social history in a novel way, using the concept of the voice of culture. It went something like this: During the Reformation the rallying cry of sola Scriptura transformed the entire societal landscape, and so the preacher became the voice of culture. As time passed, the ideals of the Enlightenment elevated reason and empiricism over revelation, and so during the modern era the scientist became the voice of culture. In response to modernism’s hubris, the postmodern impulse began, and so the philosopher became the voice of culture. Postmodernism died by its own hand—its defenders claimed that words have no meaning, then proceeded to write books about it! (Oops!) The result is our present confused and confusing society in which style is prized over substance and sound-bites over discourse.

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James MacDonald ‘biblically disqualified’ for ministry, says Harvest Bible

"In a statement released Sunday (Nov. 3), the church elders found MacDonald was prone to anger, 'had a pattern of improperly exercising positional and spiritual authority over others to his own advantage,' and sought to profit from the church’s ministry." - RNS

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10 Crazy Questions Asked by Pastoral Search Committees

"Serving on a pastoral search committee is a tough assignment tasked to church members who may not have interview training or anything to go off other than their personal preferences for a new pastor. As such, most pastors have had their fair share of interesting search committee experiences." - Facts & Trends

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