Jan
12

Why 734 Pastors Quit (and How Their Churches Could Have Kept Them)

by Lisa Cannon Green Not from an Orthodox source, but no less informative. Maybe even more important for Orthodox clergy. Self-care isn't essential for clergy. It is an existential reality for any one in a pastoral role. If it doesn't exists for those in a pastoral role, neither will you for long. No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what’s expected. Hundreds of former evangelical pastors say these were the Read more…

Dec
30

Six Things Growing Churches Do That Others Don’t

by Travis Stephens I saw this article and knew it applied universally. Take note and take action! Ninety percent of the churches in the United States today are stagnant or declining. Dying churches are closing their doors at the rate of ten per day. Even church members who have been dedicated to the church for years are attending church less than ever before. It would be easy to throw up our hands in frustration and give up, Read more…

Dec
23

Merry Christmas from Good Guys Wear Black

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! We here at Good Guys Wear Black wish every good thing for you and your loved ones this Nativity. If you are traveling, travel safely by God's grace. If you are with loved ones, cherish and savor the time together. Keep the day in high festival! Celebrate the mystery of our faith with gladness, thanksgiving and joy! Remember in your holy prayers; Children who have no one to care for them, Those who Read more…

Dec
19

Mission Bundles Back Until Dec. 23rd – Midnight

Well, I want to thank everyone for your input and requests. Because so many of you have requested it, Preachers Institute will continue offering our popular Mission Bundles until midnight on Dec. 23rd. Once again, we are offering 'Bundles' of our Ebooks for the Advent and Christmas Season. Many of our best selling titles are available as Ebooks at incredible discounts. At Preachers Institute, we are doing our best to put into the hands Read more…

Dec
03

Ebook Bundles for St. Nicholas Day

As you know, Good Guys Wear Black,  Preachers Institute, and Journey To Orthodoxy are all sister sites. None of them is supported by any institution, benefactor, church, parish or seminary. It is the support we receive from readers and the materials we offer for sale that keep these sites online. For the first time, we are offering ‘Bundles’ of our Ebooks for the Advent and Christmas Season. Many of our best selling titles are Read more…

Aug
21

Congregations Gone Wild

by G. Jeffrey MacDonald The American clergy is suffering from burnout, several new studies show. And part of the problem, as researchers have observed, is that pastors work too much. Many of them need vacations, it’s true. But there’s a more fundamental problem that no amount of rest and relaxation can help solve: congregational pressure to forsake one’s highest calling. The pastoral vocation is to help people grow spiritually, resist Read more…

Jun
08

SVS Dean Publishes Landmark Work

by Deborah (Malacky) Belonick Accurately chronicling bygone theological debates can be extraordinarily challenging, but Dean, Archpriest John Behr, has proved himself worthy of the task. In May 2011, he published a landmark work, The Case Against Diodore and Theodore, which is being touted by its publisher, the prestigious Oxford University Press (OUP), as "ground-breaking" in its research. The new book is part of OUP's "Oxford Read more…