I’ve recently been struggling through questions of calling, effectiveness, and “next steps” (even though I feel fully affirmed by the employees I serve–and its leaders–as well as other pastoral leaders in my life). I’m in the boat, paddling, but it seems like the waters ain’t “cute” anymore. They’re getting faster and more complicated.
Based on the readings, it seems very natural and part of the life cycle of a pastor. I found the articles to be spot on with regards to my own questions, tensions, and desires. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s not to run from pain but to see what it might have to teach me.
For me, the articles are pointing to a reality that I’ve been wrestling with:
- what are my strengths and weaknesses
- what is my effectiveness and how do I measure it (being cautious of do quality ministry over quantity)
- how do I sustain myself long term
- who are the people in my boat that can help me navigate these waters (I have a few…you know who you are!)
- as a marketplace minister, what unique challenges do I have
The following articles are proving to be helpful and I hope they are beneficial to other pastors who are going through the process as well. This is only a preliminary reach of understanding the life cycle as a means to deepen the pastoral call and work. May God grant us wisdom and strength as we seek to live faithfully and fruitfully in Him.
- (a big fan of jesuscreed and scot mcknight)
- the evangelical covenant church seems to be a “health-oriented” community
- I felt like the first two links offered a more realistic picture of the cycle but it’s worth reading this one by Thom Rainer