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The Skeptic Pastor: Marketing or ministry?

The most disappointing thing about the hospital idea was that serving those people anonymously, caring for their souls and wiping their tears was great advertisement. It was great because it was lifting Jesus up.

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: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. […]

Recently Read: Guntersville Woman Helps the Homeless

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Shirley Chupp is a very special woman who reaches out to the community with open arms ready to love and help the needy. She is a counselor with Guntersville First United Methodist Church, but she also is the driving force behind a program for the homeless that offers a safe sheltered […]

A bivocational minister warns against bivocational ministry…

Carol Howard Merritt offers a critique of the call these days towards bi-vocational ministry: I am bi-vocational. I love it. I feel called to it. I know what people say in support of it. I know that many of our African American and immigrant pastors have been bi-vocational for a long time. But I want […]

Walden’s Words: Not a vacation for everyone

Military time is not the same as civilian time. Having served as an Air Force Chaplain Reservist for over a decade, I continue to enjoy this aspect of my life. It has been one of the best professional decisions in my pastoral ministry.  I served at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, Selfridge Military […]

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