Tag Archives: Christian ministry

Correcting a personality disorder

Mental health practitioners have identified several personality disorders which are recognised patterns of disordered behaviour.  I’ve found it useful to be aware of these conditions as a vicar and counsellor in a general Christian ministry.  The disorders range from quite … Continue reading

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Lessons in ministry from the life of Thomas Boston #5: Spend time in the study

This is the fifth in a series of five posts on lessons for ministry from the life and times of Thomas Boston. Lesson #5 – spend time in the study There is a simple and unalterable rule in ministry: there … Continue reading

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When the going gets tough the gospel minister goes to….?

When life in ministry gets tough where do you go? There is only one place to go, the word of God.  A friend said yesterday that he found himself 20 scriptures to put persecution in perspective. Here’s 12 which I’ve … Continue reading

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Ministry burnout and dependence on the strength of God

Christian ministry can feel like a treadmill at the gym, set too fast, too many things on the go at a time, and they can’t be stopped, shut down, the treadmill sometimes has no off-button.  When life gets like this, … Continue reading

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Which church would you prefer to be ordained into?

I’ve been reading the Church of England’s ordinal with my ministry trainee in preparation for his Bishops’ Advisory Panel.  As we read the Book of Common Prayer ordinal it dawned on me that I was asked quite different questions at … Continue reading

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Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome

We had a really successful first Messy Church last night. More people came than we expected, many of them new to church, a lovely atmosphere, great crafts, a time of thinking about how little we know and why its crucial … Continue reading

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Delegation. Delegation. Delagation.

I’ve been a vicar for 19 months. In that time the structures of church government, the various roles and responsibilities and who can do them has been taking a new shape. There are great encouragements here and there, but we’re … Continue reading

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