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Valiant for Truth - Counseling

A Pastor’s Reflections: The Secret Service
VFT

The pastorate can be an interesting vocation because you end up interacting with a lot of different types of people. In my pastorate I have met business people, former professional athletes, homemakers, fighter pilots, millionaires, scholars, politicians, and the like. I’m always intrigued and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Care for Single Women
VFT

Pastoral visitation is perhaps one of the lesser-appreciated and practiced ministry responsibilities. Pastors don’t realize how important it is to visit with members of their congregations to encourage, get to know, and shepherd them.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Phoning Ahead
VFT

During my pastorate I encountered my fair share of people who did not appreciate my ministry or the church for one reason or another. That’s fine and to be expected.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Never Speak Ill of Your Children
VFT

When I first contemplated entering the pastorate, I never realized that sometimes the church can be an ugly place. In fact, St. Augustine is reported as saying, “The church is a whore, but I must love her anyway because she is my mother.”

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Smokescreens
VFT

In my labors as a pastor one of the things I learned about people is that they often take great pains to create camouflage for themselves. Like a lizard changing the color of their skin so they can hide from predators, people in the church will create camouflage so that others in the church, especially elders and pastors, don’t see the problem areas in their lives.