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I’m Done Fixing the Church: Turning the Future Over to God

When I find that I am spending my time and energy in ways that are out of sync with my calling, I find it helpful to dust off my ordination vows and reread them in a quiet place where I can reflect. I am always thankful to be reminded that my vows do not ask me to “fix” the church; rather, they ask me to be faithful to the church.

Recently Read: Can churches ask too much?

Ben Gosden wonders if we are burning out church members rather than making disciples: After 3+ years of ministry in a large, historic, urban church I’ve learned a lot not only from people who are faithful and active in the ministries of the local church — I’ve also learned a lot from the people who […]

Recently Read: Clergy anger and the urgency of a true spiritual life

Tom Bandy offers an excellent reflection on the increase in clergy depression, and its source at Ministry Matters: The reason many clergy are depressed is that they are angry. And the reason that they are angry is that they are consistently victimized by dysfunctional bullies who wield power inside the church. Victimization is about emotional, […]

Recently Read:Trapped — The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

Gordon Atkinson, a former Baptist pastor and the blogger known to many as the “Real Live Preacher”, is starting a series of articles on ministers who are ready to leave their positions: Here is the thing that we don’t talk about: There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. […]

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