But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 16 July 2018 12:16

Episode 56: On Pastoral Burnout

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We just released a Journal called Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes and Cures. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan discuss the subject of burnout, particularly how it happens and what church leaders can do to avoid it in the first place.

Authors: Daniel Gardner

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Christian books ought to be like cisterns that hold the refreshing waters of life for weary and thirsty souls. The Puritans understood this. In his final sermon to his congregation in 1662, the Puritan minister Thomas Watson challenged his flock with the importance of reading soul-satisfying books:...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:16

Pastoring Amid Depression

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I don’t remember all the details of the conversation. My wife and I were sitting together. It was the evening time. We had this corner in our apartment that we called “the nook.” It was between the dining room and the kitchen and it had enough space to fit two arm chairs, a table...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:16

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stepped Away”

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This was not going to be a typical members’ meeting at our church. I knew this. Brian and Frank—the pastors I’d served with since the church was planted two years before—knew this as well. But only a few people in our young congregation were aware of the announcement I was...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:15

“I Was Burnt Out—And I Stayed In”

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“Because it doesn’t know the words.”

That was the deadpan response our deacon chairman offered when someone at our quarterly member meeting asked why the fan in the church basement was humming.

A HAPPY ARRIVAL

I arrived at my current church in July of 1992, and for a solid decade our...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:10

A Taxonomy of At-Risk Pastors

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During a pastoral ministry class in seminary, my professor addressed the tragedy of pastors committing sexual immorality. I still remember the advice he gave us for avoiding such moral failure: “The first step in protecting yourself against having an affair is to admit that you are capable of...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:05

How My Mega-Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

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I have a love-hate relationship with the mega-church.

I love the number of people converted. I love the number of people who sing and serve with passion each Sunday. My heart rejoices when I consider the level of gospel influence through our church in reaching unreached peoples, planting churches,...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:05

When Your Husband Is Burnt Out

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Growing up in rural north Georgia, I never had aspirations to become a pastor’s wife or a writer. Here I am doing both in Queens, New York! I’ve done one far longer than the other. For 33 years, I’ve had the privilege of ministering alongside my husband, Ed, who has been in his...

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Pastoring sometimes feels like you’re riding an emotional roller coaster full of ups and downs, twists and turns. Day after day, you watch people you love make decisions that bring you joy and make you cry—sometimes in the same day. Anxiety increases as you hear the clack, clack, clack...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:03

How My Small Church Hasn’t Burnt Me Out

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Theologically, the smallest possible church is two. Jesus said so in Matthew 18:20. Practically, though, I never believed I’d be in one. Indeed, having worked at two relatively large churches, in the UK and the US (250 and 1,000 members respectively), the thought of the preacher in the pulpit...

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But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received...

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They wanted to talk about my preaching. I hadn’t been at the church very long, but they had some concerns. A few single women recently left the church, and these deacons were convinced it was my fault. My sermons, they insisted, must be too “masculine.” I didn’t know what...

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We often hear that sound doctrine matters. It helps a church become stable, strong, and protected from the heretical winds that are always blowing.

Yet we don’t often hear about the importance of sound doctrine to the pastor’s own life—how it keeps him stable and strong over the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:00

How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue

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Mentally, they’re tangled and cut by thorn-bush thoughts. Physically, they fought bravely. Emotionally, they cried until they had no strength. Now suddenly, the power grid of their emotional, mental, and physical stamina gets hacked and shuts down. They have nothing left to give (1 Sam....

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:00

Discerning the Signs of Pastoral Burnout

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Numerous times a year, for as long as I can remember, I speak with pastors looking for an exit from ministry. The reason isn’t moral failure, or interest in another vocation, or lack of “calling.” The reason, more often than not, is nebulous and hard to describe. When the pastor...

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A couple of years ago, I would’ve told you that I love preaching and pastoring, that I can’t think of anything I’d rather do more. I also would’ve admitted that I wasn’t sure I could do it for another 10 years.

I had no idea how anyone could do this for more than 20...

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“We’re expecting a new pastor soon, after many years without one, and I’m worried that some in the congregation will be tempted to dump work on our new pastor. Can you guide us in how to support and protect our new pastor both from his own and others’ expectations, so that...

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Tell you a little story and it won’t take long,‘bout a lazy farmer who wouldn’t hoe his corn.The reason why I never could tellBut that young man was always well.He planted his corn in the month of June.By July it was up to his eyes.Come September, came a big frost.And all the...

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Monday, 16 July 2018 10:00

Am I Burnt Out? 30 Useful Questions

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There are both internal and external forces that cause pastoral burnout. One’s temperament, convictions, and preferences (internal) can cause excess stress leading to burnout. One’s circumstances—like church size, growth rate, leadership, and support structure (external)—can...

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“Don’t ever give your personal number to anyone in your congregation. If you get too close to these people you will regret it.”

That’s what a pastor once advised me when I was first beginning in pastoral ministry. This man had been very successful in ministry, and was a very...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:57

Confession ≠ Repentance

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It’s beautiful when Christians humbly confess their sin to one another and cling to the gospel yet again (James 4:7–10).

Maybe we were repulsed by our sin after a gospel-centered sermon, a Christ-anchored Bible study, or a meaningful time of prayer. Perhaps we’ve been confronted...

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:55

9Marks at 9: Women and the Local Church

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During TGC’s Women’s Conference, 9Marks hosted “9Marks at 9: Women and the Local Church.” The event sought to equip women to know what a healthy church looks like, and how they can work to build up the local church as faithful members.

Panelists

Karen McCutcheon (Covenant...

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Butterfield, Rosaria. The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World.Crossway, Wheaton, Ill. 2018. 240 pages.

 

Raw. Unvarnished. Personal. Real. These are some of the words which scrolled through my head as I put down...

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Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:03

4 Reasons You Should Preach through Judges

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I’ve been tasked with considering reasons someone should preach through the book of Judges. Judges transitions Israel from the leadership of spirit-empowered judges, or deliverers, to a spirit-empowered, human king. In doing so, the book points to the Davidic monarchy as God’s means to...

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Benjamin Forrest and Chet Roden, eds. Biblical Leadership: Theology for the Everyday Leader.Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017. 512 pp. $31.89.

Books on leadership abound. This includes works that include a prefatory term, such as “Christian,” “biblical,” or...

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