4 Types of Pastors Needed for Churches in Future

When I attended seminary, most of the student body were young men and women who had just completed college. A few like me had spent a couple of years in the military, another graduate school, worked in a secular vocation or taught school. Occasionally, I would have a...

Why Pastors Will Suffer Fools Gladly

Sightings is supposed to be about “public religion.” So what are pastors, ministers, priests and rabbis doing here this week? David Brooks mentioned them Friday in his New York Times column; that is a pretty public reference to a religious theme....

17 Ways to Avoid Invasion of the Pastor Snatchers

An increasing part of my life is spent advising and coaching pastor search committees. A healthy search process requires great patience, spiritual maturity and hard work. Done well, it can lead to a season of hope and health for a church and its pastor. Done poorly,...

Four Ways That Congregations View Pastors

Church members view their pastors in many ways. Here are four views. The ruler One view holds that the pastor is the spiritual ruler of the church and that “he” should be deferred to and even obeyed. Such a pastor is placed on a pedestal as one who is...

Poll: Three in Four Pastors Say Mormons Aren’t Christian

WASHINGTON (RNS) As a prominent evangelical pastor and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking heat for calling Mormonism a “cult,” a newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians. Three out of four pastors...