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The Small Town Big Church Podcast is all about encouraging, equipping, and challenging pastors and church leaders in small, rural towns. This podcast exists to help church leaders embrace the truth that God desires to do BIG things in small places!
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Now displaying: December, 2021
Dec 28, 2021

In this episode I have a conversation with Roy Yanke of PIR (Pastors in Residence) Ministries about the current status of pastoral health in the Church.  We talk about the need for pastors to implement life giving rhythms into their daily schedules.  We also talk about how a pastor can determine if they are simply in need of a break or need to transition out of pastoral ministry altogether. 

Dec 20, 2021

In my coaching work with church leaders, I often see pastors struggling with narratives they aren’t even aware are taking place in their minds.  These “voices” can come from internal and external, spoken and unspoken expectations.  They can come from years of church tradition.  They can come from a demanding parent or other voice from the past.  In this episode, I want to challenge pastors with this powerful question, “Who said so?”

 

When we can identify where a voice is coming from, we have much more clarity and power to ascertain whether that voice is one we need to listen to or not.  

 

Whose voice should I be leaning into?

  • God
  • Self
  • Family (Spouse)
  • Trusted advisors
Dec 13, 2021

In this show I’m going to label a few common areas in which churches place unbiblical and unrealistic expectations upon their pastors and I will share how you can overcome them.



  1. Time

 

Many churches think that because they have a “full-time” pastor it literally means they have a full-time pastor.

 

  1. Workload

 

The pastor is expected to do pretty much everything in the church.

 

  1. Money

 

It’s not uncommon for churches to have an expectation of what a pastor should view as an acceptable standard of living.

 

  1. Family roles

 

It’s not just the pastor we have hired, but we also get access to their spouse and sometimes their kids as well.

 

  1. Activities/interests outside of church

 

The pastor needs to be careful about how they spend their time outside of their church role.  



How do you overcome this?

  • Learn to see your church as just ONE of your clients, and not your employer.
  • Be willing to have an honest conversation with the leadership in which you set healthy boundaries for yourself and your family.
  • Be willing to LEAVE a toxic environment and move into a much healthier place!

 

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