What Pastors and Church Staff Tell Us They Wished They Had Learned at Seminary

May 1, 2018
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Podcast Episode #428

There are so many things you think you know until you live it. Today we talk about several things pastors and church staff won’t learn until they get on the job. And I also tell the story of my worst wedding ever.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • You can learn leadership principles in school; but you learn leadership on the job.
  • Pastoral counseling in today’s culture is more difficult than in any generation before.
  • Outreach in the local church requires an actual plan to do something.
  • Continual learning is critical for pastoral development.

The nine items we cover on this episode are:

  1. General leadership training
  2. Conflict management
  3. Change leadership
  4. Counseling in today’s culture
  5. How to lead a church to growth
  6. Funerals and weddings
  7. Contemporary communication issues, particularly social media
  8. How to interview for a position
  9. How to lead a staff

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