Apr
18

A Few Thoughts on Narcissism in the Priesthood

One of the most popular (and useful) GGWB articles of all time is "Signs in a Congregation That a Leader Has Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder"  If you look at the comments to that article, you will see indicators of something that researchers have confirmed: 1) the proportion of pathological narcissism among clergy is extraordinarily high (this survey of Presbyterian clergy in Canada found that 30% had NPD!); and 2) narcissistic Read more…

Mar
21

On Starting at a New Parish (AFR Podcast and Notes)

The Podcast is here. Review: Ten (Eleven!) Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation In a previous post and podcast, I reviewed Rev. Lawrence W. Farris’ book Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation. It was full of good advice to help set your successor and the parish you are leaving up for success and ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running in your new assignment. In this post and podcast, I review Read more…

Mar
15

Search the Scriptures (AFR): On Corrupt Clergy

One of the podcasts I used to listen to religiously (pardon the pun) was Presvetera Dr. Jeannie Constantinou's "Search the Scriptures" on Ancient Faith Radio.  Presvetera Jeannie is an accomplished academic biblical scholar with a great love for God, the Church, Scriptures, and Patristic commentaries.  For more than fifty episodes, she had been leading us through the Bible chapter by chapter from "the Beginning". Alas, a couple of Read more…

Feb
26

Court your Khouria! (Podcast link and transcript)

Here is the link to the podcast episode. We are stressed. Being a priest is stressful. Time and money are in short supply, reasons to grieve are everywhere, and parishes can be difficult and demanding at the best of times. It’s hard to witness to the peace and joy that are our rightful inheritance as sons of God with so many worldly problems stacked against us. Unfortunately, we make things worse with how we respond to our stress. Read more…

Jan
23

Eight Characteristics of the New Bivocational Pastor

by Thom Rainer As predicted, this is a trend which those preparing for priesthood should be aware of as Christian exclusion increases. They are appearing on the scene quietly. Not many pundits are noticing the emerging trend. They are a different kind of bivocational pastor. The traditional bivocational pastor, by common definition, serves churches that are unable to compensate a pastor with fulltime pay. These pastors are Read more…

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…