I have to confess that in many practical matters, I’m a slow learner. There are habits of wisdom and care to which I might be introduced on Tuesday which I’ve forgotten by Thursday. Changing behavior for me is a slow and sometimes traumatic process. Perhaps you’re different. I hope so.
As we continue to address pastoral perseverance, I know that some of what I am suggesting may require significant behavioral or cognitive adjustments. I also know that I’m not telling any of you anything new. It just may be that you, like me, need repeated reminders if change is going to stick. And I want it to stick.
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Notes and resources relevant to this episode:
M. Craig Barnes, The Pastor as Minor Poet (United States: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009), p. 4. Other helpful resources are Eugene Peterson’s The Contemplative Pastor, which I’ve often recommended, and Zack Eswine’s The Imperfect Pastor.
The ‘rust out’ quote is discussed and dismissed by Bob Burns and his co-writers in their book Resilient Ministry (United States: InterVarsity Press, 2013), p. 61.
I have more to say about ministerial friendship here and here.
I do hear rumblings that friendship is being taken as a serious aspect of avoiding burnout. Consider here and here.
Of Charlotte, it was beautifully said, “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web (United States: HarperCollins Publishers, 1952), p. 184.
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