How COVID Has Affected the Stages of a Pastor’s Ministry

Episode #234
May 21, 2021
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Most pastors go through several stages of ministry with their churches.

  • Year 1: Honeymoon
  • Years 2 & 3: Conflict and Challenge
  • Years 4 & 5: Crossroads (Part 1)
  • Years 6-10: Harvest
  • Years 11 and Forward: Crossroads (Part 2)

Josh and Sam discuss how COVID has impacted these stages and what to expect as the pandemic wanes. You may experience a pause effect, an exacerbation effect, or a reset effect. We also finally settle the debate about the king of country music. Is it George or Garth? Tune into this episode to find out. 

Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit to learn more about how you can get started.  

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