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.
– 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?
– A Pastor’s Reading Plan – How I categorize and select books for reading.
– 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.