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Humble leadership can be difficult to define. It’s subjective, and then there’s that pesky old saying that goes something like, “if you think you’re humble, you’re not.” Well, that might be true, but it’s not very helpful if humility is something we should embrace. I mean, then how do you know?
March is Pastor’s Spouse Appreciation Month. This provides churches with an opportunity to show how thankful they are to a person who may sacrifice more for the well-being of the church than any other. LifeWay Research spoke with 720 pastors’ spouses about their experiences and found their lives are complicated, filled with particularly blessings and stresses. In recognizing some of the more significant challenges facing pastors’ spouses, churches can help them feel more at home in their congregation and their calling with their spouse.
I recently published a post on “Why Some Church Members are Mean.” If you read this blog often, you know I love and respect pastors – but I must admit that a few pastors are mean, too. Here are some of the reasons behind their “meanness”:
I’ve found that Christians most often push eject on their membership not because they’re upset at the church’s budget or because they disagree on matters of polity. Instead, Christians leave their churches for the same reason people leave their marriages: a lack of relational depth and affection. In other words, many Christians leave their churches because they just don’t seem compatible with the church or because the relationships leave them feeling a little dry.
This Week at ThomRainer.com:
New Research and Insights on the Online Church
I see a pattern developing in online churches. Perhaps it is a trend. The overall pattern is that online ministries of churches are becoming a strategic part of the overall church ministry…READ MORE
7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Pastors
- They have genuine enthusiasm.
- They are great listeners.
- Their identity is not their vocation.
- They are intentional about personal witnessing.
- They have unconditional love of their critics.
- They have a gentle spirit.
- They persevere.