Archive for March 2013

I Don't Want to be One of Those Pastors

I don’t want to be one of those pastors. I don’t want to be one who stays in a church even though it’s not a good fit, who keeps working just to get a pay check, who refuses to retire even though  the congregation is unhealthy and in need of new leadership. I don’t want…

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The Preacher as Prophet – Can it Be?

It has been pretty easy during my thirty-plus years of pastoral work to preach messages of hope to congregations which I have loved. It has not been easy during that same time frame to preach prophetically to those same people. My deep-seated insecurities and ever-present need to please people have all too often, I confess,…

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Fractured Flocks – A Good Reason to Consider Another Option

The February 11, 2013 edition of the Christian Courier includes an interesting and informative article by Peter Schuurman entitled “Fractured Flocks: A leadership crisis in the CRC?”  In his article Schuurman documents an astounding statistic pertaining to the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a denomination of just over 1000 congregations. During the first decade…

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