For a landscaper, growing grass is proof of a job well done. But how does one define success in ministry? To sustain pastoral excellence, we need a definition of pastoral ministry success that is viable.
I have observed a profound reluctance from pastors to routinely visit members of their church. I would welcome some responses from pastors.
Peer Learning Grants enable CRC pastors to gather for support, learning, encouragement and prayer over a period of about a year. If you're looking to foster health in your ministry, life and relationships and nurture your wellbeing, check out the application form and overview document.
In an ecosystem, each plant and creature relies on the functioning of the other to thrive. So it is with church systems.
According to Statistics Canada, almost one-third of working Canadian adults perceive themselves as workaholics. Yes, workaholics put in more hours, but that is not what defines them.
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.
Here’s a riddle for you. What is surrounded on all sides, but still stands painfully alone? The answer: the clergy.
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.
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.
This is a practical tool for mentors (experienced pastors) and mentees (pastors new to ministry). It covers a wide variety of topics which pastors will generally encounter during their first several years of ministry. Each module/topic has discussion questions and a resource list.