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When Do Ministers Deserve Double Honor?

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month” and, rightfully, we gladly include all ministers and staff in our expressions of sincere gratitude.  So much of what ministers do is publicly unseen and seldom recognized.  Granted, most ministers do not want adulation; however, we owe it to ourselves to say thanks.  After all, our parents taught us: “When someone does something nice for you, you should always say ‘thank you.’” We also honor our ministers, not because they are perfect, but because Scripture compels us: The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  Ephesians 5:17. Most ministers are lucky to receive any honor or encouragement, let alone double honor.  It would do well for church deacons and other leaders to give serious thought to the question: “What would it look like for our church to show double honor to our pastor and staff?” In considering giving honor, it is interesting … [Read More...]

Pictures That Make You Think

Recently my wife, Nancy, and I enjoyed a week back in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.  There I graduated from seminary and served two churches.  The time away was a refreshing opportunity of sightseeing and, more importantly, catching up with dear church friends, some whom I had not seen in forty years.  Here are a few pictures from the trip that I thought worth sharing. These first three are from the George W. Bush Library.  I was impressed with the library itself and especially with these … [Read More...]

Exploring Options Before Burnout

It happened again – a pastor resigned and gave burnout as the reason.  I got the news third-hand and immediately emailed the minister – no response.  I called his home – no response.  Called his cell and left a message – no response.   So I reached out to his church leaders and two days later we got together.  I re-introduced myself and within a few minutes it was obvious that this was an unusually sharp group of inexperienced, yet resolute leaders.  They were in control, despite the shock of … [Read More...]