Author: Landon Coleman

Wanting to Leave and Saying Goodbye

More and more I hear voices in the evangelical world suggesting that wanting to leave your church is wrong. These voices suggest that the “right” thing for every pastor is picking a church and staying put until you retire. I know friends who are doing this. I’ve read blogs, articles, and social media posts that encourage this. When I hear these suggestions, I’m concerned, especially when someone suggests every pastor should pick a church a stay put forever. Challenges for Pastors This is a complex issue. For one thing, the job of the pastor is a job that involves...

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Joining Your Community

Joining Your Community A few months ago I went to eat lunch with a new pastor in town. We started with get-to-know-you small talk. Then we discussed the challenges associated with moving and settling into a new place. At some point in our conversation, my new pastor friend turned his sights on our town, Odessa. He complained about how much he missed his home town and explained all the ways his home town was superior to Odessa. He also detailed all the things he didn’t like about Odessa, ranging from the terrain to the weather to the people to...

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Working Hard

Working Hard Pastors must prioritize family over the ministry. Period. End of story. If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the same stories repeated countless times. Some pastors fail to take care of their family because they’re too busy taking care of their church. The details change, but the basic story is the same. Some pastors neglect their family because they’re too busy looking out for their church. In the end, these pastors lose both family and church. I’m a millennial. I don’t know how much this problem was addressed in previous generations....

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Copying Other Churches

Copying Other Churches One of the greatest temptations a pastor faces is the temptation to copy another church. From the mouth of the pastor, this temptation comes out with these words, “At my last church, we used to do …” Don’t be the guy who always talks about how you did things at another church. When you are that guy, you sound just like your church members who roll their eyes and say, “We’ve never done it like that before.” Every pastor hates to hear those words, so don’t subject your people to the same foolishness. Another challenge for...

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Ministry Resumes and Search Committees

Ministry resumes are tricky. How do you put it together? What do you include? What do you leave out? How much detail is too much? Do you include a cover letter? If so, what should it say? Do you need recommendations? Can you send resumes to strangers? These are pressing questions for anyone looking for a new ministry position. Building Your Resume Let’s start with a few ground rules. First, understand that a resume is not an exhaustive account of your life. The folks who look at resumes are not interested in the details of all your life experiences....

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