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  • Friday, February 14, 2020 11:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thom Rainer  Founder and CEO of Church Answers

    This Post was originally published on ThomRainer.com on February 3, 2020

    “I can’t believe he resigned.”

    The recent comment to me was from a church member of a seemingly healthy church. The pastor had been at the church seven years and decided to leave the congregation. In this particular example, there was no significant conflict. There was no pressure for him to leave. To the contrary, he was loved by most of the church members.

    But he quit.

    Not only did he quit, he decided to take a break from church leadership and took a job in the secular world.

    “But what was really strange,” the church member commented, “we had just celebrated one of our biggest accomplishments in years with the building of our new worship center. It was really a success in many ways.”

    The church member obviously did not know that her pastor’s resignation was not that uncommon. In fact, we hear from pastors almost every month who decide to leave their churches when things are going very well. Simply stated, pastors sometimes leave in the aftermath of some seemingly big accomplishment, such as the construction of a new building, the adoption of another church, or the meeting of a major financial goal. Why? Why do they leave when things seem to be going so well?

    We asked pastors these questions. They gave us one or more of these four responses:

    1. The pastors were burned out. The accomplishment took every ounce of their energy and then some. They were burned out and worn out. They simply did not have the energy to resume a more normal ministry.

    2. The pastors’ families suffered. Because the pastors spent so much time and energy on the successful project, their families were neglected. One pastor told us he had to resign to save his marriage. He had neglected his wife. “When the building program was over, I went home at a normal time,” he reflected. “We felt like strangers in the same house.”

    3. The pastors lose their zeal for normal ministry. “We took two years to finally adopt a church near us,” a Florida pastor shared with us. “The process was both challenging and exhilarating. I wasn’t burned out, but I lost my motivation to do the things a pastor is supposed to do. Preaching and pastoral care no longer gave me fulfillment.”

    4. The pastors lose their connection with the majority of the congregation. A pastor in Indiana shared with us his neglect of most of the church membership. He was so focused on a major building program that he gave all of his attention to the few members leading the fundraising and providing leadership for the construction of the facility. He felt disconnected from other members once the project was completed and celebrated.

    These four reasons should serve as cautionary tales for pastors leading major efforts in their churches. Don’t burn both ends of the candle to lead the effort. Don’t neglect your family. Don’t neglect “normal” ministry. And don’t forget the rest of the congregation not directly involved in the project.

    Some pastors leave their churches after successes with major projects.

    But most of those pastors could have done things differently and still be at their churches.

    https://thomrainer.com/2020/02/why-pastors-leave-a-church-after-a-major-success/


  • Monday, February 03, 2020 8:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    DR. RICK CARTER, Pastor, Bible Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi

    Because I want to end on a positive note, I will consider The Don’ts of Church Finance first:

    1.    Do not wait until the church is deeply behind financially to preach or to put a financial plan together.

    2.    Do not assume that your people understand tithing and grace giving.  They must be properly taught to have the blessings of God upon their finances.

    3.    Do not just preach on tithing and giving when the offerings are down.  This will potentially come across as a negative.

    4.    Do not condemn or criticize people who do not tithe and give. That will only drive them farther away.  Shepherd them to truth and the blessings of God.

    5.    Do not expect the circumstance to change if you do not have an active on-going plan.


    Now let’s consider the Do’s.

    1.    It is imperative that the Pastor have a God given vision/goal for the church.  People do not necessarily respond to need but they will respond to vision.  It has been said that the poorest man in the world is not the person who has no money, but the person who has no vision.

    2.    Be sure you effectively communicate the vision.

    3.    Do not assume people will buy into the vision just because you tell them.  Present the vision to small groups, deacons, teachers, etc. and then all of you present the vision to the church body.

    4.    Show the people how the vision can be accomplished.  This is imperative.  If they do not believe the vision is possible they will not buy in.

    5.    Maintain the vision with weekly updates and progress reports.

    6.    Regularly thank the congregation for their giving and sacrifices that makes the progress possible.

    7.     Have a time of celebration and giving of glory and praise for what God has allowed to be accomplished.  Always celebrate God’s blessings publicly with the church body.
    Dr. Carter can be contacted via email at: mrstewardship@gmail.com


  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kevin Kolb, Grace Baptist Church


    “I love to preach.” In my life I’ve heard hundreds of pastors, evangelists and missionaries proclaim their love for the public ministry of the Word.  Sadly what I haven’t heard nearly as often from those same godly men is any expression of love for the private ministry of the word.  Yet Paul made it clear that, as a busy apostle ministering over a three- year span in the city of Ephesus, he was diligent to share the whole counsel of God both privately (house-to-house) and publicly.  (Acts 20:20, 27, 31) 

    I’ve come to appreciate, and yes even love, pastoral counseling as much as, if not more than, preaching each Sunday.  Allow me to explain:

    • 1.     Pastoral Counseling gives insight on the spiritual health of the flock.  Meeting for 8-12 weekly sessions offers Shepherds unique opportunities to really get to know members of their church.  As you gather data in the session you learn about their passions, challenges, struggles, and responses.  You find out how much they really love the Word of God, if their hope really is in Christ, and where they invest the treasures of their life.  This type of information helps pastors better care for the sheep who are hurting and warn the ones who are rebellious (1 Thess. 5:14).  Attending a sporting event or prayer breakfast with men in your church rarely yields such insight.   
    • 2.     Pastoral counseling provides opportunities to share the gospel.  Sharing the message of full salvation (justification, sanctification and glorification) awakens hope in members who are discouraged by guilt and defeated by sin.  I relish the privilege of reminding Christians that the gospel promises not just victory over sin's penalty of death, but that it remains their only source of transforming power and promises freedom from sin's grip.  Applying the gospel specifically to the wounded victims of abuse and neglect assure them that there is healing balm in Gilead (Jer. 8:15).
    • 3.     Pastoral Counseling helps equip future leaders.  Helping men in the church grow through counseling has paid back the time and labor invested a hundred fold.  Almost every man currently in a teaching role in our church or serving as a deacon has sat in my office at one time or another for spiritual counsel.  Other men have come through our counseling ministry that are now serving as pastors and missionaries.  I’m directed by scripture to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and counseling provides direct means for that task (Eph. 4:12).  When church members see men who once struggled spiritually be given opportunities to serve in vital ways rather than ostracized for being tainted goods, they realize they too can be honest about their struggles and can be transparent without fear of reprimand or removal.  Having pastoral interns and trainees sitting in and watching me counsel also provides another real life equipping opportunity.  
    • 4.     Pastoral Counseling ignites sermon preparation.  The depth and breadth of issues faced in a years’ worth of counselling pushes me away from the same ole sermon applications I’m prone to fall into.  I’m careful never to use my counselees as sermon illustrations as that would be a betrayal of trust, but their struggles fuel my study.  I’m reminded that these are real people with real issues who desperately need truth or their marriages and families will fly off the rails. I tend to pray for my own heart and the audience’s response to the word more fervently when I know my counselees will be in attendance and taking notes.  I’m forced to answer the “so what” question of the text rather than simply “share” a few thoughts that someone may find interesting.
    • 5.     Pastoral Counseling encourages personal holiness. My wife always seems to know when I’m doing marital counseling.  When I see first-hand the devastation of neglectful husbanding in a session, I can’t help but step up my own effort when I get in the car and head home.  When I assign other couples a date night, I remember how beneficial they are in my own life.  When I see how deceptive sin is and how it never fulfills or produces anything good, I’m able to wisely recall those lessons when my own heart is tempted.  I remind counselees often that God is changing me in the sessions as much as, and sometimes more than, he is changing them. 

    I love pastoral counseling and I would encourage all my pastor friends to consider these rich rewards the next time they are tempted to complain when wounded or rebellious sheep call for an appointment. 

    Pastor Kolb is available for mentoring in the Biblical/Pastoral counseling area.  For information, contact him at kevin@gracebaptistchurch.info


  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Matthew Trill, New Testament Baptist Church, Largo, FL


    “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

    We might expect a statement like that to come from renowned coach, John Wooden. He created a dynasty at UCLA that transcended college basketball. His teams compiled four perfect 30-0 seasons and won ten national championships (including seven in a row). He completed a 29-year college coaching career with an incredible .804 winning percentage (664-162).

    When you can do all of that, it makes it easier not to focus on personal deficiency or weakness.

    One of the difficulties of pastoral ministry is the tendency for comparison, and a sense of insufficiency that often follows. Technology and communication allows us to see and hear firsthand the ministries of many others around the world. We observe the gifts of others and the scope of their ministries and compare them to our own. If we are not careful and wise, we will begin to allow what we cannot do (or think we cannot) to interfere with what we can do. More importantly, it may interfere with what God has called us to do.

    As pastors, we need to be reminded that our glory is not found in personal wisdom, abilities, or resources. Anything we have to offer is found in our relationship with the Lord who exercises “lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

    The resurrected Savior dramatically called Peter to a lifetime of sacrifice, service, and even death for the cause of Christ. The disciple quickly looked over his shoulder at John and asked what his responsibilities would be. Jesus quickly called Peter back into proper focus, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)

    God has uniquely gifted and called each of His servants. If we have genuinely responded to His call and followed His leading, we can rejoice that He has precisely placed and uniquely equipped us to do His will.


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