My (likely ongoing) “Modern Pastor” series is an attempt to deconstruct some common notions about how pastors must go about their vocations today and to offer some alternative suggestions.
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- A call to ministry is a call to public life – I keep hearing things about pastors maintaining a professional distance from their congregations, not sharing too much of their personal lives. I think it’s baloney…
- Why part-time local pastor? – The ministry values, family values, and theological rationale for why I’ve chosen to be a part-time local pastor.
- Ministry Needs, Family Values, and Balance – Do you balance ministry and family more like Billy Graham and Bill Bright, or like Rob Bell and Andy Stanley?
- Re-evangelizing America with changes in our ministry roles - Are there different ways to view the roles of the pastor and preacher? Ways that may better empower us for nurturing believers and witnessing to our culture?
- The Modern Pastor – Sent or Called? – Were the earliest pastors sent or called? What if the answer is “neither”?
- The Modern Pastor and the Business(wo)man – The problem of the pastor as CEO.
- The Modern Pastor and Money - How do we handle the church’s use of money? Some guides from history.
- The Modern Pastor and Seminary Debt – Seminary debt can seriously limit pastors today. What can we do about it?
- The Modern Pastor and the Reformed Pastor - “Lead a fine worship. Visit the people.” Learning from Richard Baxter about what pastoral duties should (and shouldn’t) entail.
- The Modern Pastor transitioning to weekly Eucharist – Do you have weekly communion in worship? My case for why you should consider it.