I'm curious if you have any stories from your experiences you might be willing to share that might address some of the unique baptism requests or situations you have encountered.
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I'm a Canadian CRC pastor who has accepted an invitation to serve a church in Iowa. I was refused entry to the US because my R-1 Visa was not complete at the time I tried to cross. Sharing the story here, it is my hope to prevent others from experiencing the same disappointing delays.
People act as if caring is a pain because they think they are the ones doing the giving without any return. If you do pastoral care with this attitude, you won't receive a mutual benefit. This sad fact won't change unless people are filled with the love of God.
I was browsing in the "Third Wave Report." And one interesting item noted is that when pastors set up regular systems for council to give feedback to the pastor on preaching, this has a positive affect on "pastoral excellence."
As one delegate at Synod 2008 stated, in comparing ministry associates with ministers of the Word, they are “equal in function, but differ in honor”. What does this mean for the church today, in particular, with regard to the office of ministry associates? Allow me to make a few propositions that invite reaction.