dealing with critics
What Former Pastors Don’t Miss about Pastoring
In episode 506, we discussed things former pastors missed from their time as a pastor. Today, we look at the other side of the coin and discuss things pastors don’t miss.
Seven Traits of Pastors Who Lead Breakout Churches
Breakout churches have breakout pastors. These pastors intentionally adopt these seven traits which are key to the churches’ turnaround.
Nine Heartfelt Things Church Members Would Like to Say to Their Pastors
Hear these heartfelt words from church members who love their pastors, from men and women who truly desire the best for them.
A Note to Those Who Criticize Me
I am in a position of fairly visible leadership. I have written books and articles and blog posts as well. I am fair game for critics. I should expect criticisms. I respond to some of the criticisms; some of them I don’t. I have my reasons for each, though I know I am often fallible…
The Top Seven Regrets of Pastors
I recently interviewed more than twenty pastors who had been in ministry for at least 25 years. All of these men were over 55 years old. A few of them were retired, but most of them were still active in fulltime vocational ministry. The interview was simple. I asked one open-ended question: “What regrets do…
Ten Things Pastors Don’t Like about Pastoring
The expectations of a pastor are endless. Many members expect them to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. But different pastors are wired differently. One pastor may get great fulfillment out of counseling, while another dreads every minute of it. So I did an informal and unscientific survey of pastors. I asked them a simple question:…
Five Things I Would Change If Were a Pastor Again
Before becoming a seminary dean and LifeWay president, I served four churches as pastor. The churches were in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, and Alabama. Now, I have served about a dozen churches as interim pastor since those four pastorates, but I don’t really count them. Being an interim pastor is like being a grandparent – you…