Category Pastoring

The Unbusy Pastor

“The Unbusy Pastor” is a phrase I found as a chapter heading to Eugene Peterson’s book entitled The Contemplative Pastor. When I found this little phrase I just took it up in my hands and rolled it around a few times. I liked the feel of it. I said to myself, “is it possible?” I didn’t […]

The Busy Pastor

I think Walter Brueggemann is right on the money. Give this a listen:        This is something I’ve always wondered about. Some pastors seem to be the busiest people on earth. But, I’ve always wondered… does it have to be that way? Because quite frankly, I don’t want to be a busy pastor. I want […]

Preachers: Maintain Your Prophetic Edge

A couple of years ago I took a seminar with a United Methodist Bishop, by the name of William H. Willimon. The man served as the pastor of 800 minister in his particular area. He has since retired and now serves as a professor of ministry at Duke University. The topic for our seminar was A Theology of Preaching. […]

Getting People With The Program

One of my favorite and most challenging books is The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson. In his book Peterson juxtaposes what he sees as two prevailing notions of the pastorate: the competitive pastor and the contemplative pastor. In the following quote he talks about his paradigm shift from one to the other. I was addicted to […]

The Ministry of Small Talk

          In his book The Contemplative Pastor, Eugene Peterson says that small talk is a pastoral art. I like this. Not because I’m necessarily good at small talk, but because it says something about the pastor who is willing to engage in it. There are huge things that occupy the mind of […]

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