I am a pastor. A pastor sitting in a hospital waiting room with my laptop, writing two funerals that I will deliver this week.
A short time ago the nurse came out and told us that our friend is not doing well. Her heart stopped and they are doing all they can to help her.
This is the real world.
Still… Continue reading
Staff Relationships / People Relationships, especially in the context of ministry © 2001-2005 Rev. Stephen D. & Laurel A. Shields
Over and over again, you see a problem in churches: Pastors being asked to leave. In fact, the issue of forced exits is so real that many men and women who work with pastors spend much time studying the issue of forced exits. Have you seen a lot of them in Churches this past year? I know of young pastors who have been shown the door. I know of a pastor in his prime ministry years who was asked to leave. I know of a pastor three decades my senior who was asked to leave. That’s scary. How many people have left because of poor performance? Few.
The Bible speaks about the heart you need to have to get along with people. It gives us keys to having a successful ministry by examining the kind of heart we have. Let’s look at these keys together. Continue reading