What is a call to ministry?

Jul 21, 2017 by

A long time ago in the big city, I was a graduate student studying the New Testament. My wife and I had another student and his wife over for supper, and we were talking shop: Bible and theology, church and...

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Mennonite Brethren pastor a leader but not ‘the lead’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

A part of Audrey Hindes always wanted to be a pastor. Even as a child, she took seriously the suggestion to read her Bible every day. “When I went to Fresno Pacific University my freshman year, according to...

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Kriss: Pastoring in polarities

Mar 27, 2017 by

Many who preach regularly are finding it a tough navigation in the pulpit in the United States. Our highly politicized environment means it’s difficult to find ways to speak that are both relevant and...

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Book review: ‘Sick Religion or Healthy Faith?’

Nov 7, 2016 by

I look forward to reading the work of pastors. Pastors live close to the ground, in the muck and mire, vulnerable to the minutiae of birth, death and all the life in between. Pastors quickly learn everything...

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I confess: I am a pastor

Aug 29, 2016 by

I rarely identify myself as a pastor. Other trades I inhabit — writer, nonprofit administrator, professor — require less explanation. They come with lower expectations and fewer inhibitions. If you meet me...

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Humble, extraordinary pastor

Jul 6, 2016 by

Our MYF was meeting on a Wednesday night at the church for games and Bible study. We were a lively and precocious bunch of 20 teenagers, often running our own program without the input of adult sponsors. As...

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Dressing for the role

Feb 29, 2016 by

When I signed my first pastoral contract and began trading my Atlanta wardrobe for suburban Chicago, I took a long look in my closet and asked myself: Am I willing to give up skinny jeans? I don’t think...

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An old dog learns

Jan 18, 2016 by

A great deal of my pastoral time is spent dreaming. Last week I sat at my desk, dreaming about what the congregation could look like in five years or 10 years. When I thought about what sort of leadership they...

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Survey shows pastors’ financial concerns

Aug 17, 2015 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Half of Mennonite pastors have some level of concern about their personal finances, according to an Everence survey. The survey shows 25 percent have concerns about meeting their financial...

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We don’t have to give up

Jun 8, 2015 by

One great thing about being a parent is how heartwarming moments can happen at any time and often take us by surprise. Such was the case the other day as my daughter, Julia, and I discussed the end of her...

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22 time-tested ways to love your pastor

Apr 30, 2015 by

Thriving in ministry doesn’t depend solely on what any one pastor does or doesn’t do. Congregations play a critical role. I know that my church has done a great deal to support and enable me to thrive. So...

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Listen to Jesus

Apr 27, 2015 by

Excluding LGBT people has become the main default agenda of some Mennonite congregations. The recently announced new fellowship of congregations appears to have fallen in line with all the other groups who...

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