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Valiant for Truth - Counseling

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.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: The Past Does Not Define You
VFT

One of the things I regularly encountered as I counseled people in my pastorate was a fear of the past. Sometimes a person carried around his past like chains, or as the cliché goes, like a lot of baggage