Revolving Clergy Harms Religion

Revolving Clergy Harms Religion

By Gerald L. Zelizer, Contributing Writer, USA TODAY, 2-21-02. The Rev. Charles Chandler felt so blindsided when he was forced out of his church eight years ago that he established the Ministering to Ministers Foundation, which provides emergency funds, housing and...
FORGIVENESS IS SOMETHING YOU DO FOR YOURSELF

FORGIVENESS IS SOMETHING YOU DO FOR YOURSELF

By Fisher Humphreys Jesus forgave his enemies. While hanging on the cross, he prayed that God would forgivethose who had crucified him. Jesus also called his followers to forgive their enemies. Every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we ask God to “Forgive us our...
Forced Terminations and Ethics

Forced Terminations and Ethics

By Everett Goodwin Ethics are often a victim of forced pastoral terminations and for that matter, the continuing conflicts in church life which lead to such traumatic moments. Nearly every minister who has suffered an involuntary termination or a ‘near...

Forced Termination Affects Everyone

By Roger Lovette A pastor’s wife tells of a recurring dream. It was a stormy night. The rain was coming down hard. She was in the front seat of their car. Her husband was driving. Their two children were in the back asleep. Suddenly the car spins out of control,...

Forced Termination Affects Churches Too!

By David A. Myers What happens in/to the church that force terminates a minister? A growing interest in dynamics of ministerial termination is reflected through increased articles and attention given to this matter in recent years. This is an encouraging sign that our...

Don’t Waste Your Pain

By John A. Thomason Most of us have been urged throughout our lives not to be wasteful. We’re taught that some commodities are so valuable or in such short supply that they shouldn’t be squandered. As children we were told not to waste food. As adolescents...