Introduction to the 'Effective Leadership from Ephesians' series. A Look at some of the calls and precepts from Paul's in Ephesians applied to leading and managing a church.
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Research on the Happenings in Pastors' Personal and Church Lives.
So, what is going on with today's servants of the Church?
Since first studying pastors in the late 80's, we are seeing significant shifts in the last 20 years on how pastors view their calling and how churches treat them.
Today, pastors are more happy and fulfilled, than in previous decades! When asked, 57% say they are! Yet, 43% are still stressed, 26% overly fatigued, and 9% burnt-out! 90% overall, feel honored to be a pastor, but pressed-in duty gives a lower fulfillment.
We found that pastors are happier than ever, even under stress and treated far better than we seen before. However, the key to a pastors' contentment is how we look to Christ, not to situations, and declare rough patches as joy. We are to be content and satisfied, to face them, and then learn and grow from them. This does not mean giving up and do nothing; it means to refocus our energies into productivity and faith-not questions and bitterness. It is to have our convictions and fulfillment in Christ (Psalm 32:7-9; Proverbs 15:13; James 1:1-4).
PDF Report with graphs and insights:
We have an entirely new website; months of undertaking from many dedicated people. And we are still working on it. Over one thousand Biblical, practical and well-researched articles and curriculums, all for you to use to build a better church for our Lord's glory!
The Praying Church
Is your church stuck or stagnant? Perhaps you are not well connected to the One who is to direct your church! Is prayer at your church dull, dry, and boring? Why? We have a God who elected to choose us and selected us for a purpose, and one of the primary calls is for us to be in touch with our Creator and loving Lord. (1/14/2008)
The Shepherding Leader
Matthew 14: 13-21, The imagery here is of the Shepherd feeding His sheep! (2/1/2008)
The Character of Optimism
Is a heartfelt confidence that everything will come out for the best. (1/29/2008)