Pastoral Leadership

"Why are pastors failing? Why are churches angry? ... perhaps the greatest reason is the lack of soft skills among pastors.”

"It’s difficult to verbalize a person’s lack of empathy. It seems childish to be peeved over the fact that the pastor’s SUV is the first one out of the parking lot after worship services. Since churches can’t explain a pastor’s flat bedside manner before a dying saint or his lackadaisical attitude toward a frustrated children’s ministry volunteer, they look for other things to complain about." - Facts & Trends

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Public’s Trust of Pastors Rebounds Slightly

"The latest Gallup survey of Americans’ opinions and trust of specific occupations found clergy improving from 37% last year to 40% in 2020, marking the first increase in a decade. Overall, medical practitioners dominate the top of the list, with nurses ranked highest (85%) for the 18th straight year." - Facts & Trends

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New from Pew: “45% of people who attend services at least a few times a year are ‘unsure’ of their clergy’s partisan leanings”

"When politics does come up from the pulpit, a majority of those in the pews (62%) say they agree with their leaders. The political overlap is particularly strong among evangelical Protestants, three-quarters of whom (76%) say they agree with their pastor’s political opinions, the survey found." - Christianity Today

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Wheaton's GC2: Facing Hard Truths and Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, “focused on the topics of leadership, burnout and mental health.”

"Wheaton College President Philip Ryken told ministry leaders that issues of mental health and depression aren't new to spiritual leaders and can be found in the Bible. He paraphrased the words of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19: 'I've had enough. In fact, I really just want to die.'" - RNS

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Does Divorce and Remarriage Disqualify a Man From Being a Pastor?

"I would love for all followers of Jesus to come to a better understanding of 1 Timothy 3:2; not just for my sake, but for the overall health and sanctification of Christ’s body. To that end, I am thankful for the faithful and gracious teaching of Dr. Thomas Schreiner in the video below." - John Ellis

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“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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