Great Expectations:  Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

Great Expectations: Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

  Here are some interesting statistics from https://www.soulshepherding.org/pastors-under-stress/ 75% of pastors report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed” 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week 70% say they’re grossly underpaid 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month 78% were forced to resign from their church (63% at least twice), most commonly because of church conflict 80% will not be in ministry ten years later and only a fraction make it a lifelong career. On average, seminary trained pastors last only five years in church ministry 100% of 1,050 Reformed and Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had left the ministry because of burnout, church…

Memories of Mexico: Day 4, San Rafael

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. This is the fourth installment in a series about that trip. You may read the first three posts by clicking on Day…

Memories of Mexico: Day 2, Mesa Del Tigre and Paso Real

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. This is the second installment in a series about that trip. You may read the first post…

The Emergency Room Church

Tonight I sit writing this in an emergency room, waiting and waiting. Don’t get all worried. It seems to be no big deal, and I’ll go home soon. But here I have sat, for 4 hours, having had an EKG and blood drawn. Those must not have been too remarkable, which is good. It’s not a good thing when they rush you right back in the ER. The people here are an interesting cross-section of society. Some are alone. Some have a friend who arrives to comfort them and cheer them up. It seems to work, as the patients’ tears cease. Some have a whole horde with them; 2 are allowed back, but 5 more wait in the waiting room.…

Worship Styles: Principles of Participation

I would like to share my opinions and observations of what has changed in church music services and what has come of those changes. I’d like to apply the principles introduced in my last post, What’s The Point, to the topic of songs in church. What is the point of a church worship service? Everyone involved in a service in any way should know what their goal is. The way I see it, my goal as a musician involved in the service, (besides personally worshiping my Lord and Savior, which is the most important goal of all) is to facilitate and contribute to others worshiping of our Lord Jesus Christ. The music department is most successful when its contribution leads…