The Rise and Fall of the “Be Better-Do More-Try Harder” Trinity

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The Rise and Fall of the “Be Better-Do More-Try Harder” Trinity

When I began my “ministry career” back in the mid 90s, I was driven by two primary convictions:

  1. My calling was to do all I could to win young people to Jesus, and
  2. Encourage them to go out and “change the world for Christ.”

These primary convictions shaped how I went about doing youth ministry. They followed me into and shaped the early years of my senior pastoral ministry, as well.

It took me years to recognize that these convictions were more tethered to my notion of what success in ministry meant than they were connected to a deep love for Christ and a growing desire to be transformed into His image.

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Transforming Pastoral Ministry, Pt. 3

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Transforming Pastoral Ministry, Pt. 3

The image of Pillars came to me years ago during a brisk afternoon run in the hot Florida sunshine.

It was during a particularly trying season of ministry back in the years of 2003 – 2004.

It was a season filled with strife, conflict, anger, hurt, despair, etc.  The conflict I was experiencing then is, all too often, common within the walls of the church.  The symptoms of the conflict and pain became evident because the Elder board asked our long-tenured senior pastor to resign.

While he did submit his resignation, the forced nature of the resignation was difficult for many in our community to resolve.  The pastor himself struggled with the decision (imposition) for months.

At the time of his departure, I was the recently appointed Executive Pastor of the church.  I was in the post for about six months when the conflict began to make its waves.  About a year into my role was when the termination (forced resignation) came about.

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