“Being a pastor was SO much easier than what I’m doing now,” said NO former pastor ever. Note: October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Here are ten tips on how to keep your beloved pastor from leaving.
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With The Gathering one year out, start planning your trip now to Orlando, Florida, to this encouraging and inspiring event.
Now, nearing the end of the TFI process, the Parker family have worked toward the Thrive team’s collective goals, paying down all $20,000 in debt, and are completely debt-free as they now work on the next step (building their savings fund).
The inaugural Breakaway retreat for pastors’ spouses was deemed a success, both by leaders and attendees. Because of the positive feedback, future retreats will likely be held in the future.
New Pastors Orientation and Seminary Days celebrated 65 newly ordained or first appointment pastors at an annual event.
“Everything you do or don’t do; everything you say or don’t say sends a message–so make sure all you do or say reorients people toward Christ and not toward the world.”
“In the church planting world, a lot of the language we use is colonialist. We say, ‘We have God and we will bring him to these people.’ But one of my discoveries has been that God was always in Portland and at work in Portland,” Doiron said.
“The church of the future is going to have to simplify. We’re not going to be able to rely on giving as much to support a staff of 15 pastors. We’re going to have to know what we are about – preaching and teaching the word of God, inviting everyone..
“God began to teach us more of what Sabbath looks like, especially inside a pastor’s home.”
If there’s one overarching aim Crisp has developed in 19 years as a pastor’s spouse, it’s authenticity – for her family life and her own spiritual development.
Sabbath slows us down so that we can listen to our soul. It is then that we can bring our own heart before the Lord in prayerful reflection.
The hyphen: integrating the immigrant into ministry
“This is one of the greatest challenges for a teacher at a Christian college – for a teacher that is a believer – how to educate, expose and equip young minds to make their way through a visual culture…”
“It was a rich experience for me to understand that God is bigger than any one denominational box… All of the different perspectives find alignment and agreement in God,” Jones reflected.
Adams reminds people outside the world of prison to avoid allowing fear to prevent them from ministering alongside people in prison.
Even in moments when words aren’t enough, chaplains share the importance of the ministry of presence in “those holy moments when sometimes we don’t have answers but are able to sit with those in need.”
Great churches require great clergy; great clergy require excellent education.
“We’re a church who believes in fully supporting our pastor, so when I realized the benefit he could achieve through Thrive, I was on board in helping him achieve that in his own personal life,” reflected Belliveau.
For Pastor Frankie Rodriguez–senior Pastor of Iglesia Wesleyana El Camino in Greenville, South Carolina, the Thrive Financial Initiative (TFI) offered a chance for vulnerability that enriched his relationship to his congregation.
The Wesleyan Church had over 500 lay and clergy multipliers in participation who worked together to freshly imagine ways to care for their communities.