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Ministry life is challenging – to say the least. Many pastors need encouragement as they face a time of uncertainty, crisis, or transition. Drawing from the experience and wisdom of those who deeply care for the lives of pastors, their families, and the local church, these podcasts speak to many of the core issues facing today’s ministry leaders. Join the PIR Staff and others as they offer a message of Gospel hope as well as insights on how pastors can protect their future and guard their prese… Continue Reading >>
Ministry life is challenging – to say the least. Many pastors need encouragement as they face a time of uncertainty, crisis, or transition. Drawing from the experience and wisdom of those who deeply care for the lives of pastors, their families, and the local church, these podcasts speak to many of the core issues facing today’s ministry leaders. Join the PIR Staff and others as they offer a message of Gospel hope as well as insights on how pastors can protect their future and guard their present. << Show Less
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The PIR Process - Part 2 In this episode we continue our conversation focusing on the core process of PIR Ministries, the Pastor in Residence Process. This restorative and hope-giving tool was created by PIR founder Dr. Chuck Wickman as a means by which a pastor exited from ministry can experience biblical restoration and healing in the context of the local church, and move forward with confidence in the call which God has given. In this second episode we highlight the experience of engaging in the PiR process from a pastor's perspective. Pastor Seth McCumber joined us and graciously shared his story of finding hope in the midst of brokenness, and how the PiR process helped he and his wife experience God's healing grace and discern their future path in life and ministry.
Learn more about the PiR Process here.
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The PIR Process - Part 2 In this episode we continue our conversation focusing on the core process of PIR Ministries, the Pastor in Residence Process. This restorative and hope-giving tool was created by PIR founder Dr. Chuck Wickman as a means by which a pastor exited from ministry can experience biblical restoration and healing in the context of the local church, and move forward with confidence in the call which God has given. In this second episode we highlight the experience of engaging in the PiR process from a pastor's perspective. Pastor Seth McCumber joined us and graciously shared his story of finding hope in the midst of brokenness, and how the PiR process helped he and his wife experience God's healing grace and discern their future path in life and ministry.
Learn more about the PiR Process here.
The PIR Process - Part 1 At the heart of PIR Ministries is the "Pastor in Residence Process". This restorative and hope-giving tool was created by PIR founder Dr. Chuck Wickman as a means by which a pastor exited from ministry can experience biblical restoration and healing in the context of the local church, and move forward with confidence in the call which God has given. This episode is the first of two focusing on our core ministry and highlights the work of the Refuge Church Support Team. We're pleased to have talked with Pastor Caleb Smith who co-led a Support Team through a successful and life-giving PIR process for a pastor and his wife.
Learn more about the PIR Process here.
Learn more about Refuge Church and Support Team ministry here.
Learning to Minister in the Rural Context - Jerry Troyer Finding resource and support in ministry is a pressing challenge for pastors serving in rural churches. We sit down with Pastor Jerry Troyer, who has given his life to serving in a rural pastorate and created a means of encouraging, connecting and equipping ministry leaders in rural contexts called Rural Shepherdology. Jerry's commitment is to provide help and hope to those who face the unique world of ministry rural churches.
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Rural Shepherdology
Ministry in an Urban Context - Tyler St. Clair Ministry in an urban context will always have its unique challenges. Add to that the heightened tensions and pressures of recent days and Urban Ministry can rob even the most stalwart of pastors of joy, strength and hope. But God's heart for the city cannot be abandoned or ignored, by any of us. Pastor and Church Planter Tyler St. Clair joins us for an extremely important conversation from the heart of that context and shares words of encouragement that flow from the hope of the Gospel.
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Cornerstone Church - Detroit
Thriving in the Crucible - Tod Bolsinger Challenge. Change. Conflict. Sabotage. Whatever you may call it, the critical times of growth in ministry demand a set of leadership skills that aren't taught in seminary or come naturally. "Faith leaders are mostly trained to be teachers and chaplains, but a rapidly-changing, continually-disruptive world requires that they also become skilled at leading change when there are few best practices. Many leaders are growing frustrated and losing heart." This is the conviction that pastor, author and leadership expert Tod Bolsinger (Canoeing the Mountains, Tempered Resilience) brings to the table. Join us for a fascinating, insightful and extremely instructive conversation about ministry, those who engage in it, and how to develop resilience to thrive in the call God has given you.
Resources Mentioned in the Episode
The De Pree Center at Fuller Seminary
AE Sloan Leadership
The Chemistry of Healthy Transition - Matt Steen Navigating pastoral transitions is challenging even in the best of circumstances. Having perspective, guidance, encouragement and help can make all the difference in not only where you're going, but how well you'll get there. In this episode of Hope Renewed, Matt Steen of PIR ministry partner Chemistry Staffing sits down with us to talk about the realities of pastoral transition and how to best find your way through them.
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Chemistry Staffing Website
Social Media and the Pastor - Doug Bursch Whether you like it or not, social media is a reality of the world in which we live, and therefore a reality of ministry. How can a pastor appropriately navigate the presence and use of social media? What are the pitfalls and benefits? Join us as we talk with pastor, evangelist and writer Doug Bursch who shares a unique and helpful perspective on how pastors can interact with social media and the possibility of introducing a redemptive light in what can be a dark and hurtful world.
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Doug's Webpage Fairly Spiritual
Practical Shepherding - Brian Croft Let's face it...ministry is hard. And at times it's hard in ways we never thought it would be, and for which we were never really prepared. So many of the day-in and day-out realities - the practical nuts-and-bolts of ministry - can leave us tired, frustrated or wondering if we're even fulfilling God's call. And sometimes it can make us feel very alone. Brian Croft joins us on Hope Renewed to talk about finding hope in the midst of the every-day-ness of ministry and where we can find strength for the practical aspects of our call to shepherd God's flock.
Resources
Practical Shepherding website
Being Champions for Your Pastor - Robin and Larry Schmidt Having relationships that are safe, open and encouraging are helpful - in fact needful - for everyone. But finding these relationships as a pastor can be especially difficult. That's why it's important for those who surround pastors to be those kinds of people and create the times and spaces that help pastors be healthy. Join us as we talk with PIR's Robin Schmidt and her husband Larry as they share their experiences in championing safe relationships for their pastors, and how it's a response to God's call in their life and to the church at large.
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