Pastoral Leadership

Citing First Amendment, outspoken minority of pastors refuse to close churches amid pandemic

"A private test poll of 226 pastors conducted by Barna Research on March 20–23 showed that while a vast majority of pastors, 67%, have opted to close their churches to observe social distancing orders in light of the pandemic, 5% said their churches will remain open as normal." - CPost

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10 Church Members God Especially Calls Me To Love

"...an under-shepherd knows he doesn’t tend sheep because tending sheep is fun; rather, he tends sheep because his master, the True Shepherd, has called him to. He knows he has not been called to a life of ease, but a life of service, even to those who sometimes make that service a trial." - Challies

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Founder of S. Korea's Shincheonji Church Accused of Willful Negligence in Coronavirus Spread

"South Korean officials are looking into whether Lee Man-hee, controversial founder of the Shincheonji Church, broke the law by not complying with the government during the coronavirus outbreak. More than half of the country’s 4,000+ cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, have been linked to members of the church, which has been labeled a cult." - CLeaders

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Speaking with a Pastor in Italy’s Coronavirus “Hot Zone”

Pastor Andrea Artioli reported that "he lives in the 'hot zone' of the coronavirus outbreak in Northern Italy. He told [readers] as well that his church has been instructed by local authorities that it may not meet for at least the next two weeks. I thought it might prove interesting to ask him a few questions about his experience." - Challies

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Barna: 72% of pastors see “watered down gospel teaching is a significant concern confronting the church today”

"While issues like religious liberty and celebrity pastors garner significant headlines and social media discussion, they rank toward the bottom of the issues pastors say are major concerns facing the Christian church in the U.S. today." - F&T

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Why Some Leaders Burn Out—and 4 Ways to Prevent It

"For himself, Greear says, idolatry has been a driving factor in times of ministry burnout. 'That’s because idolatry always puts something out there that you have to obtain ... And so there’s always somebody … some success to match. The church has got to be this size. I’ve got to be invited to do this. I’ve got to have this many followers.” - Facts & Trends

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