Why I accept Mark Driscoll’s apology … and you should, too

By Jonathan Merritt / Religion News Service
(RNS) We’ve just concluded another week in American evangelicalism. Which is to say, we’ve witnessed another Mark Driscoll blunder. This has been a rough year for the… read more

Opportunity: Caring for African American Young Men

By Gregory C. Ellison II
Caregivers must have “ears to hear and eyes to see—the Lord has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12 CEB). But do we see the people who maintain the grounds of… read more

Cautionary Tale: guidelines and boundaries

By Danny L. Garnett
As a minister working within the context of a local congregation, what guidelines do you use when approached by individuals, couples, or families needing counseling? On a regular… read more

When it's hard to let go

By Dave Barnhart
“I’ve tried to pray and give my problems to God,” the grandmother told me, “But I can’t seem to stop worrying. What does that say about my… read more

Opportunity: Endorsed pastoral counseling professionals

By Tom Carter, Bruce Fenner
The United Methodist Endorsing Agency is a part of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The agency provides endorsement for elders, deacons, and licensed local… read more

Reward: Helping people transition to another church

By Andrew J. Young II
Pastor, we’re leaving the church . . .” can be the start of one of the most gutwrenching conversations any minister will have. But over the past eighteen years of… read more

Warning: be prepared for suicide

By Michele R. Morton
Do you know a family who has experienced suicide? Maybe your family has. The tragedy of suicide is common. Yet, as pastoral caregivers, we shudder and shy away. I was in denial… read more

Reward: Helping children in grief

By Joseph M. Primo
Sometimes people are open and honest with me because they think I know what I’m talking about. Don’t all people in leadership roles? At the same time, though, people… read more

Peril: no Lone Rangers allowed

By Karen Lampe
The call came in on a Monday morning. The pastor described himself as someone who was “over the top” and “beyond his capacity” to give what his midsize… read more

Reward: helping tell funeral stories

By Lee Franklin
We pastors are no strangers to death, loss, and grief. As we respond to the phone call that someone has died, we enter into multiple stories that unfold before us. Five Funeral… read more

Naming and claiming the future of your children

By Tom Fuerst
Even though he’s only three years old, nearly every day and every night, I tell my son, “Buddy, I want you to grow up to be a good man.” At different times and… read more

Peril: is virtual being there real pastoral care?

By Evon O. Flesberg
So, what do you think? Is virtual communication real? And by that I mean, substantive and life-giving pastoral care? Are the Facebook posts, texts, tweets, and e-mails you send… read more
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