Ministry Life

10 Valuable Things I Learned About Church Conflict

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Pastors are not immune to church conflict. In fact, I would say we are “immunocompromised” when it comes to church conflict. You don’t have to be in ministry very long before you will experience some kind of disagreement, disunity, conflict of visions, personality disorders, or downright wickedness. Here are some things I learned about church conflict while serving as a pastor: Conflict is inevitable. It’s just a matter of time before something comes up and you find yourself in direct…

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It’s Not Up to You

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By Darryl Dash “You’re just the kind of pastor this church needs,” we hear. “With your gifts I can’t see how this church won’t double in the next few years.” As pastors, we love to hear this. Our gifts will make the difference. We have what it takes. Our personality, our leadership abilities will make a difference. The most effective lies contain some truth. God chooses to use people, and God seems to use some pastors in more visible ways than others….

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14 Reasons Church Conflicts Just Keep Escalating

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By Chuck Lawless Ever wondered why church conflict just keeps growing? Here are some reasons the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly: Members care about something.  Some conflict in the church heats up in direct proportion to how much people care about some issue in the church. Their care and their ownership may be misdirected, but they fight for something precisely because they care about it that much. Church leaders have too little training in resolving…

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The Work of the Pastor

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By Darryl Dash I love learning from old, faithful pastors. We’re often drawn to the young and charismatic. I’m learning we need the veterans who served and finished well. William Still was such a pastor. He served for forty years (1945 until shortly before his death in 1997) in Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. Still gave five lectures on pastoral ministry in 1964 and 1965, which became the basis for his book The Work of the Pastor. Still has a…

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Eight Reasons Long-Term Pastors Still Fall

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By Chuck Lawless We all know stories of long-term pastors – leaders who’ve been in the ministry for years – who still fall morally. We grieve when we hear the stories, and we wonder how it can happen to ministry veterans. Based on my studies of how Satan attacks leaders, here are some reasons even long-term pastors fall. “Success” leads them to let their guard down. The more “successful” pastors are, the easier it is to assume, “That will never happen…

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