An anthropologist who was studying a tribe in South Africa put down a basket full of fresh sweet strawberries and promised to give all the fruit to the first child who got to the basket. That was translated and told to the kids.
Last Monday, I met President Soon-Hong Chang from Handong Global University. In our conversation, President Chang said, “If I was to be a pastor, I would like to establish a warm church.”
I love local churches. I just love them. I know they are filled with imperfect members. I know all the members are sinners and occasional hypocrites just like me. That reality has not changed since the first century.
It is wise to know the secret of one step. One step is a small step. One step is a frail step. However, a pilgrim knows the importance of one step. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. When Abraham received God’s calling of pilgrimage, he took a step.
I met one of the most stupid rookie pastors I’ve ever known. The year was 1984. I saw him when I looked in the mirror.
God starts new things (Isaiah 43:19). God wants us to always start afresh. A new future is unfolded when there is a new beginning.
I am not a prophet. Please don’t stone me if I get one of these ten traits wrong. And while there is a good bit of subjectivity in this article, I think I am basing my projections on clear and evident trends.
I quit! The writer of Ecclesiastes does indeed remind us there are times and seasons in our lives. Regarding where we are in life, he tells us there is “a time to plant and a time to uproot” (3:2).
Wisdom is needed in order to complete a work that’s been started. It is definitely not an easy thing to complete a work that’s been started. Many people live without completing the things that they have started.
“The greatest gift you could give me is more time.” The statement was made half jokingly by a pastor. Of course, he didn’t think I could create days with more than 24-hours. But he was busy, overcommitted, and worn out.
People are lonely. Loneliness is the existence of human being. I have never seen a person who is not lonely. I see that celebrities who live on popularity are more afflicted with loneliness.
Imagine that a normal, healthy 52 year old woman—a loving wife, mother of two children, a devout woman of faith who regularly volunteers at her church—suddenly suffers a massive stroke and comes to the ER. What would the family choose to do when they find out the possibility of her waking up and living life the same is close to zero?
They are the two most common causes of forced termination of pastors. 1.Weak leadership skills. 2.Poor relational skills. Much has been written in the past decade on leadership skills. The body of literature on the topic is massive and growing. I certainly have little to add in a brief blog post.
I sometimes long for silence. Words are important to pastors because they live by words. But in the midst of continuous preaching and conversing with people, there are times I long for silence.
“I don’t want you take this personally, pastor, but we are leaving the church.” Yeah. Right. The church member might as well have stabbed the pastor with a knife while noting it was not personal. One of the most painful and personal aspects of a pastor’s ministry is the departure of church members. Of course, I am referring to church members who stay in the community, not those who move out of town.