A few months ago I notice that a friend was linking to this email charter at the end of his messages. I ignored it several times, but eventually was curious enough to open the link and see what this was about. Perhaps this charter is already familiar to you, but I hadn’t seen it before. I found it eminently sensible. I’m still thinking about how to implement some of the good advice.
In Dynamics of Spiritual Life, Richard Lovelace proposes that one of the “primary elements of continuous renewal” in a church is “authority in spiritual conflict,” pages 133-144. We are not on the defensive. We have authority from Christ himself. The blows we do receive from Satan “come from a retreating enemy,” as Lovelace says, because of the decisive victory of Jesus on our behalf.
Give this test a shot. The results might surprise you.
- Note to Self by Joe Thorn - $3.03
- Gospel-Centered Ministry by Tim Keller and D.A. Carson - $0.99
- Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson - $5.99
- Humilitas by John Dickson - $2.99
- Practicing Affirmation by Sam Crabtree - $3.99
- God is the Gospel by John Piper - $4.99
- The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller - $0.99
Every pastor with whom I spoke had experienced some level of burnout. And so they spoke from the voice of experience when they shared with me what they do to prevent burnout today. I aggregated their responses to seven keys to preventing pastoral burnout, not in any particular order or priority.