Recently, I wrote a paper entitled, John Chrysostom: A Holistic Vision of the Pastoral Office. In it, I made the argument that the fourth century pastor, John Chrysostom, provides ancient, but timely pastoral wisdom for today’s churches and clergy. According to Chrysostom, the pastoral calling was not about one part of the candidate, but about the whole … Continue reading Ancient, but Timely Wisdom
Pastoral work is never easy, but in my experience it's especially hard when you are first starting out. You're not sure what to spend your work week doing. You haven't been given a clear job description. As a result, you can end up wasting a lot of time and wondering if you're being faithful to … Continue reading Need a Job Description?
How many times have you sat down in a pew and heard the call to worship from the pastor or worship leader? Perhaps your church doesn't have a formal call to worship, but it at least has a welcome. Have you ever taken a moment to think about the weightiness of that moment? In James … Continue reading Summoned to Worship