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How To Get Rid Of Your Preacher–It May Backfire!

By |June 19, 2022|

This joke was probably written by a preacher! I just want you to know that my congregation does all these things and I'm still alive, and here to stay! 1. Look him straight in the eye and say "Amen" once in awhile. He'll preach himself to death within a few weeks. 2. Pat him on the [...]

Four Responses To Crisis–How Do You Respond?

By |June 19, 2022|

1) Return To A "Pre-Crisis" State: After the crisis the individual, instead of moving toward growth, regresses back to where they were before, only to experience the same thing again and again until they face the pain in a constructive manner. An excellent example of this is the Ministry Health article #5, "Autobiography In Five Chapters." 2) Develop [...]

Recognizing Addictive And Obsessive Behaviors — Stress May Bring Them On!

By |June 19, 2022|

Though there may be other reasons for addictive and compulsive behaviors, one common reasons is stress. Below are some key indicators of stress reactions. 1. A Prolonged, Incessant Preoccupation with any addictive agent: persons, things, activities, events, thoughts, behaviors, etc. 2. Increased Tolerance to the addictive agent. The longer the duration of the addiction, the greater the tolerance [...]

In Search Of Pastoral Excellence–An Inventory Of A Healthy Ministry

By |June 19, 2022|

Pastor-teachers 'prepare God's people for Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ', so that they may become 'mature people' (Ephesians 4:12,13). How well are you doing? Directions: Answer every question by putting the appropriate number (1) (2) (3) (4) or (5) in the blank before each item number. If in doubt, choose the most nearly [...]

The Nursing Home: A Metaphor For The Church???

By |June 19, 2022|

We’re all familiar with the Scriptural metaphors: the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ, sheep, etc. Each of these have value in themselves and a very special breadth and depth of meaning and significance for those of us who are called to serve this Body. I’d like to suggest another metaphor for the church. No, it's [...]

When Trusted Leaders Become Troubled

By |June 19, 2022|

Those Troubled, Trusted Leaders You've probably seen it. A trusted, effective leader with a long-standing track record suddenly becomes irritable, uncomfortable with the way the ministry is going, and loaded with pent-up emotion which is unloaded in a meeting on unsuspecting members and, of course, the pastor. No, they may not have been antagonists in the [...]

How To Deal With Dr. Jekyl-Mr. Hyde In Your Church

By |June 19, 2022|

Those "Two-Faced" People We've all seen and experienced them. In our less "professional" moments, perhaps we might have justly or unjustly lashed out at those whom we perceived to be two-faced, hypocritical, skin-deep "wolves in sheep's clothing" who, we feel, are just Judas's in disguise putting on a "show" or facade. Whatever we call these types of people, perhaps the [...]

Sixteen Marks Of A Shame-Based Ministry

By |June 19, 2022|

1. You are isolated, afraid and critical of others, especially other authority figures (e.g. pastors, denominational executives, doctors, et al.). You are unable to delegate both tasks and responsibilities to others because they can't be trusted. You tend to distrust the well-intentioned, competent support of others including those in denominational hierarchy and well-meaning, genuinely supportive leaders. [...]

Knives: The Attacks That Hurt Most — What Are Your ‘Knives’??

By |June 19, 2022|

A Hypothetical Letter Dear Ministry Health, Recently a senior staff member in our church betrayed me and others on the staff. When I found out what this person had done, I could not believe how intense my reaction of anger became inside me.  I've never been this angry. In fact, I tend to be a very patient, [...]

Twenty-Two Expressions Of Unhealthy (Pastoral) Guilt

By |June 19, 2022|

1. I'm over-committed. I have too many projects, too much to do, and so little time in which to do it. 2.I really know how to worry. When things don't work out just right, I tend to imagine the worst ("awful-izing"). 3. I'm a compulsive helper. Like so many in the ranks of helping professions, I [...]

Are You Still Performing Human Sacrifice?–What’s Your Ministry Motivation

By |June 19, 2022|

The Bible Prohibits Human Sacrifice! The Biblical record contains numerous prohibitions to performing human sacrifices. Whether it be sacrificing Molech our causing people to go through the fire, human sacrifices no longer happen in the Christian Church. Or have I spoken too soon? The Christian church may have many people—including pastors—performing human sacrifice every day. What they’re [...]

Insights From Seamand’s Healing Of Memories

By |June 19, 2022|

"Memory is the power to gather roses in winter." So writes an unknown author.  He is obviously referring to good memories. Prov. 10:7 tells us: "The memory of the righteous is blessed." Paul wrote to the Philippians: "I thank my God every time I remember you." Truly happy memories were Paul's roses in winter. They brought color [...]

Leadership Insights From The East–Demythologized

By |June 19, 2022|

Pastors and church leaders of virtually every generation have been faced with various "How To" ministry books. Para-church ministries parade their secrets for successful leadership, outreach, church growth, administration, fund raising, et al. before all of our eyes. Even a brief walk through the local bookstore will display book titles of the nature of "Seven Habits [...]

We All Go To Damascus: Your Mid-Ministry Spiritual Transformation

By |June 19, 2022|

A Look At Saul Saul, born of the tribe of Benjamin, circumcised on the eighth day, a Pharisee of Pharisees, had a zeal for his faith virtually unprecedented. While on the way to Damascus he had one main goal: To carry out what he felt was his life's calling, namely, to promote and protect the faith [...]

Preaching The Gospel: Snippets From Rev. Wayne Dobratz

By |June 19, 2022|

Advice to the preacher:   "Feed the sheep; not the giraffes." -- Anonymous "I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men." -- Richard Baxter Martin Luther's advice to preachers: "Today Master Morlin pleased me very much when he preached.   He instructed the common people about the duties of wives [...]

Rules For Being A Pastor

By |June 19, 2022|

You will receive a calling. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live or for as long as God desires, whichever is shorter. The manner in which you regard your calling or fail to regard your calling may make an enormous difference in the quality of your [...]

I Know A Savior–For The “Soul”

By |June 19, 2022|

Glorious though mocked Honored though cursed, I know a Savior All Hell’s power burst. Though now I know Him, He knew me first. His love came unto me To quench my heart’s thirst. In fear or in sorrow, In loss or in pain, Whatever may hurt me Shall not long remain. He’s there in the good [...]

Fifteen Characteristics Of A Dysfunctional Church

By |June 19, 2022|

1) Abusive Relationships Abusive relationships are found when the organization (or parts of it) seek a Scapegoat (an individual or a group) designated to suffers pain for others or the organization. Anyone who chooses not to share in the Scapegoating will also be scapegoated and or face severe consequences (e.g. rejection, blame, physical and/or emotional abuse, [...]

A Morning Prayer–Start Your Day Out Right!

By |June 19, 2022|

Dear Lord, So far today, God, I've done alright. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent. I'm very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed. And from then on, I'm going to need a lot more help. Amen.

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