Sunday, 17 March 2019 16:29

When a pastor has exceeded his expiration date

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(The Shepherds Connection shares this article to give wisdom to all who face such issues.)

If all the questions church people send my way this may be the most difficult.

Our pastor has been here umpteen years. He has lost his vision and his energy, and the church is dying. At what point does a pastor need to be told that his time here is up?

There are no simple or easy answers to this. Handled wrongly, this matter can destroy a church, inflict a terminal wound to a veteran minister, and hurt his family in lasting ways.

Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:20

Criticize or Laugh

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A recent husband/wife confrontation left me torn between two extremes, laugh or criticize. This episode went something like this. I came home at the end of the day and had to pick up our garbage can at the end of the driveway. After unloading the garbage can by our garage, I parked my truck in the garage. I mistakenly left the tailgate on my truck down. Leaving a tailgate down is not conducive to lowering a garage door. See where I am going? LOL!

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:51

Confronting Resentment!

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Do you resent someone in your church or a former church? Come on, ministers don’t carry resentment, do we? LOL!

I once struggled with resentment toward a group of leaders who thought it was time for me to change churches. They thought they knew God’s will for me and for our church.

I once struggled with resentment toward a group of people who deserted our church and went to the church down the street. They thought the other church was more spiritual, and more spirit-filled than our church.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:07

Seek Small Wins

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Last weekend my wife and I led a Shepherds Connection retreat. In our discussions, an unexpected subject came up, but everyone knew the topic. The subject was, “seeking small wins” as you serve in ministry.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:56

I Caught a Six Pounder

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Recently I took a friend to a catfish pond, in pursuit of the “big one.” I must say up front, it was not a good day for fishing, but it was the only time available. It was cold and the wind was blowing out of the east. My daddy always said an east wind would kill fishing.

Monday, 28 January 2019 12:28

When the Church Bully Happens to be the Pastor

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Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion but voluntarily, according to the will of God; not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.” (I Peter 5:2-3).

We have written extensively on this website about church members who take the reins of the church, calls the shots, and who bullies parishioners and pastors alike. But a friend wrote, “What are we to do when the bully is the pastor?”

Monday, 21 January 2019 08:48

Check Engine Light

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We were excited about our youngest son and his family flying in from Chicago to spend the holidays with us. Did I mention we were excited about their visit? That is when “it” showed up. The check engine light came on in our van. Sometimes technology gives more information than you want to know. The computer adviser instructed us to get the van to a shop, pronto. That was not what two excited parents wanted to hear, especially when we were ready to head to the airport. (By the way, we did get the problem resolved.)

Saturday, 12 January 2019 14:49

Be an Encourager

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I once heard someone say, “A pat on the back, though only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results.” WOW, how I need to be reminded of this truth, on a regular basis.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:55

Four Hundred

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Had you told me seven or eight years ago to sit down and write 300-400 articles for a pastor’s web site, I would have said, “No way.” However, this has happened. This blog marks number 400.

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