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The X Factor

I want to begin this Ministry Article where the last one ended. We must be careful how we define ministry readiness and spiritual maturity. There’s a danger in thinking that the well-educated and trained seminary graduate is ministry ready. There's great danger in mistaking knowledge, busyness, and skill with personal spiritual maturity. Maturity is a vertical thing that will have a wide variety of horizontal expressions. Maturity is about relationship to God that results in wise and humble... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, October 7, 2013
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Do You Know Your Pastor?

How well do you know your pastor? I don't mean where he went to seminary and what his weekly schedule looks like. How well do you KNOW your pastor. I'm afraid that many times, we don't actually look after the soul of the man leading our church; we ask too few questions and make too many assumptions. I've written about this many times, and I cover it again in the video below, but pastoral ministry is never shaped solely by knowledge, skill, ministry philosophy, and experience. It's always... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, September 20, 2013
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The Recipe for a Successful Pastor

I’m convinced that many of the problems in pastoral culture result from an unbiblical definition of the essential ingredients of ministry success. A pastor's ministry is never just shaped by his experience, knowledge, and skill. It’s also always shaped by the true condition of his heart. In fact, if his heart isn’t in the right place, knowledge and skill can make him dangerous. Pastors often struggle to find living, humble, needy, celebratory, worshipful, meditative communion with Christ.... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, September 20, 2013
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Why Pastors Need the Body of Christ

Pastor, have you ever asked the question, "Who am I, and what do I spiritually need?" Or, church member, have you ever thought about your pastor and asked, "Who’s my pastor, and what does he need in order to remain spiritually healthy and to grow in grace?" Does it seem right and healthy to you that, in many churches, no one gets less of the ministry of the body of Christ than the pastor? Does it seem best to you that most pastors live outside of and above the body of Christ? If every... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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What You Need is Love

Life in this fallen world is hard. Preparation is hard. Change is hard. It’s easy to get discouraged. It‘s easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to remain or revert to being self-absorbed. It’s easy to feel alone. It’s easy to think that no one understands what you are going through. It’s tempting to think like Moses that God must have gotten the wrong address, that this trial couldn't have been intended for your doorstep. It’s easy to give in to wondering if the hardships of the Christian life... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, August 23, 2013
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Success and Endorsements

There are three dangerous themes that typically war in the hearts of pastors. On Monday, I wrote about confusing personal identity and yesterday I posted about defining maturity. Here's the third and final theme to wrap up this Dangerous Calling series. I confused ministry success with God's endorsement of my living. Pastoral ministry was exciting in many ways. The church was growing numerically, and people seemed to be growing spiritually. More and more people seemed to be committed to... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Friday, July 26, 2013
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Defining Maturity

On Monday I posted the first Article in a three-part series on Dangerous Calling and destructive themes that I've seen operating in the hearts of pastors (including my own). 2. I let biblical literacy and theological knowledge define my maturity. This is related to the identity temptation but requires its own attention. It's quite easy in ministry to give into a subtle but significant redefinition of what spiritual maturity is and does. This definition has its roots in how we think... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, July 25, 2013
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Your Ministry is Not Your Identity

I was a pastor in the process of destroying my life and ministry, and I didn't know it. I wish I could say that my pastoral experience is unique, but I’ve come to learn in travels to hundreds of churches around the world that sadly, it isn’t. Sure, the details are unique, but I see in many pastors the same disconnect between the public persona and the private man. I’ve heard so many stories containing so many confessions that I grieve over the state of pastoral culture in our generation. The... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, July 22, 2013
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No Longer Amazed by Grace

He spoke matter-of-factly, probably not understanding the significance of his words, but I couldn't get them out of my head. He was the head of a national ministry. We were in a meeting talking about ministry partnership. I was sharing my excitement over what I saw happening in the church around the world, and he said, "I don't think anything excites me anymore." It wasn't my place to respond, but I immediately thought, "You’d better be excited, you’re leading a ministry, and if you can't... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Monday, July 1, 2013
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Expect Trouble

It's a problem as people face marriage. It's a problem as people think about the workplace. It's a problem as couples anticipate the birth of their first child. It's a problem as we think about our friendships. And yes, it's a problem as pastors think about their life in the church. What is this problem? Unrealistic expectations. I’m convinced we have them because, at street level, we don't take seriously what the Bible has to say about the condition of this world. Sin has cast this world... Read More
Posted by Benjamin Fallon at Thursday, June 27, 2013
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