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Who Shall Care for Our Souls? - Pastoral Care for Pastors - Part 3 of 4

The Nature of the Office

The nature of the office of pastor does lend itself to unique challenges. While one performs the duties and responsibilities required of him in pastoral ministry he can begin to experience these hardships that accompany people-work rather than paperwork. 1,576 more words


Discipline & Restoration

Gal 6:1-5 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  609 more words

The Riches of Cross-Gender Conversation

Whenever the entire family got together to celebrate holidays someone would inevitably mention the matriarch we all lived under. The women in the family predetermined my childhood activities and there were so few men that no one argued for alternate experiences. 936 more words

Thoughts And Ideas

Some Trees Fell, but Some Trees Stood

There is a sad side to one of the aspen groves on my favorite Sabbath hiking trail. I’m not sure when it happened, or why it happened here and not at the other groves on the gentle slopes of this Flagstaff mountain. 684 more words

What is a Moral Failure?

A while back I heard an NPR show talking about addiction.  They insisted that addiction was not a moral failure but a biological condition.  This was very curious to me.   1,587 more words


Is it the person or is it the organization?

Any church can have a pastor or pastoral staff member who fails morally. This is simply a sad reality. But when a church or religious organization has person after person in leadership positions with moral failures (some of them repeated moral failures), you eventually have to ask, “What is it about this church or this organization that breeds this type of behavior?” At some point the problem is not personal but systemic and institutional and the church has to address it as such.

Pastoral Ministry

Moving Targets-How "good people" fall. 

Throughout my life I can remember hearing the news of the “fall” of many people who stood in places of spiritual leadership, even some who were highly respected and well thought of. 778 more words