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Insights From "Trends: August,
Clergy/Leaders' Mail-list No. 484.
Dr. Rowland Croucher
Editors Note: This article, which described trends in Australian churches, is abridged from the original article. "Crisis Points" and all italicized portions have been added for Ministry Health readers by the Editor. TF
Trends in the Church in Australia...
(1) They don't really know who they are;
(2) They are disillusioned - they feel they've failed to fulfill their dream;
(3) They're carrying unfinished business into their adult life from their family-of-origin, and
(4) They have serious 'distrust' problem with people in authority.
#2 The crucial 'seasons of a pastor's life' are
- (1) 3-5 years (the honeymoon's over);
- Crisis Point: Help novice pastors gain real-world expectations of congregational ministry.
- (2) 8-10 years (onset of burnout due to an imbalance between emotional/spiritual input and output);
- Crisis Point: Pastors, congregations, and denominational officials need to develop a comprehensive strategy to prepare and support pastors at this critical eighth year "make it or break it" benchmark. See the Mnistry Health article on the "Five Stages of Ministry" at http://ministryyhealth.net/008_five_stages_of_ministry.html.
- (3) 15-20 years, when the kids leave the nest.
- Crisis Point: Family grief and transition
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Copyright 1997 by Rowland Croucher--All Rights Reserved
Roland Croucher is Director of John Mark Ministries. For Rowland's entire article visit the John Mark Ministries Home Page: http://www.pastornet.net.au/jmm
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