Sort by

Report
17 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Pastoral Excellence in an Impatient Age

Survey evidence suggests too few congregations supply pastors with the time, encouragement and financial means to sustain the quiet devotional life and deep expertise that the ministry requires.

Pastors
Book or eBook
193 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

More Than a Search Committee

The format of this training tool has been intentionally designed for you, the reader. Our intent is that this training tool may help lead you into rich conversation as you seek and acknowledge the guiding presence of God.

Pastors
Article
33 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Finding Creative Ways of Renewal

Much to the delight of some, renewal occurs in surprising, unintentional ways. This article explores the benefit of peer group programs for pastoral renewal.

Pastors
Article
26 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Calling All Who Minister

Has the concept of “calling” been hijacked by the institutional church?  I wonder.  In our Reformed theological tradition we acknowledge the priesthood of all believers.

Pastors
Article
36 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Lifelong Learning

Many a young pastor leaves the seminary eager to pursue a life in ministry. Why, then, do so many face debilitating stress after just a few years of service, while others flee the profession before middle age? 

Pastors
Article
34 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Is Excellence Over-Rated?

The focus on excellence over the last years is not uniquely Christian Reformed, but is prevalent throughout our society in workplaces and institutions of learning.  At first glance, a focus on excellence seems excellent! 

Pastors
Article
664 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Emotional Intelligence in Ministry—The Crux of the Matter

Daniel Goleman’s bestselling book Emotional Intelligence: Why It can Matter More than IQ billed itself as “the groundbreaking book that redefined what it means to be smart.” On his blog, Goleman admits that he was surprised when the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI) spread like wildfire.

Pastors
Article
65 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Life in the Fishbowl

While many pastors feel their profession has moved beyond the “glass house” phenomenon of an earlier era, pastors’ families cannot escape the reality that they still play a central—and highly—visible role in the church. 

Pastors
Article
56 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Sabbatical: A Healthy Distance

The lyrics of this 90s-era Bette Midler hit, “From a Distance,” imply that eyeing a situation from afar offers a healthy change in perspective. Many pastors are discovering that, too. 

Pastors
Article
69 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Who, Then, Is an Excellent Pastor?

The Christian Reformed Church now has a $2 million program called “Sustaining Pastoral Excellence.” Notice that it says “sustaining” pastoral excellence and not “producing” such excellence. 

Pastors
Article
11 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Transformation Happens One Step at a Time

The ultimate goal of CRCNA ministries is to transform lives and communities worldwide. Now that’s a goal! How do we even begin to tackle a goal as grand as this? One step at a time.

Pastors
Article
47 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

When the Pastor's Family Goes Without Shoes

Meeting together to discuss their work and home lives, the members of the peer group say they quickly came to realize that the health of a pastor’s marriage and family life is an important determinant for the health of ministry. 

Pastors
Article
33 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Widening the Circle: Nurturing the Multi-Ethnic Church

The City of Toronto ranks among one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with over 140 languages and dialects spoken there. “Diversity is our Strength” boasts Toronto’s motto, and its population mirrors that vision.

Pastors
Article
39 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Leadership in the Church: The Rest of the Story

A frightfully realistic, hence necessary corollary to all axioms of leadership is this: Church leaders WILL trip, stumble and fall. Not all will do irreparable damage to themselves or others as they fall; sometimes no one but God notices. Regardless, the result is always disheartening.

Pastors
Book or eBook
76 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Toward Effective Pastoral Mentoring

This is a practical tool for mentors (experienced pastors) and mentees (pastors new to ministry). It covers a wide variety of topics which pastors generally will encounter during their first several years of ministry. Each module/topic has discussion questions and a resource list.

Pastors
Article
55 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Pastors Ponder Change

How many pastors does it take to change a Christian Reformed church? The best and right answer is probably “None.” That hasn’t kept many of my ilk from trying. 

Pastors
Article
9 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Finding Spiritual Green Space

A group of pastors from New England is making the case for planning green space in our spiritual lives, too. “As cities carve out green spaces to break urban congestion, we need to help each other find green spaces in our busy lives.”

Pastors
Article
90 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

When the Generation Gap Comes to Church

It is not only businesses that can suffer from generational disharmony. When the generation gap comes to church, it can wreak havoc with a congregational’s well-being and long-term sustainability.

Pastors

Pages

RSS