New Year’s Resolutions can be a bit hackneyed. But it’s a good discipline for Christians to think and plan prayerfully for how they believe they should grow and deepen in their faith and service. Adrian Reynolds shares his ten pastoral resolutions for 2018.
Avoch Congregational Church has been through a remarkable revitalisation since 2011, with numbers growing substantially to a consistent core. But when the church called a new pastor last year they needed to make sure they were legally compliant. Elder Les Smith says this is where FIEC Practical Services came in.
Over the next week or so, every FIEC church will be sent a new Code of Best Practice which offers advice and guidance on how churches should care for their pastors. We asked Richard Underwood to introduce it for us.
Our Pastors’ Network exists to provide Independent church leaders with accreditation for ministry, accountability in ministry and access to pastoral care. One of the ways we do that is through our programme of Pastors’ Network conferences. John Walley went to the recent one in Birmingham.
Our recent Pastoral Wellbeing Survey revealed that just over half of pastors don’t have friends in ministry to help them recharge. Phil Topham reports on one initiative which could go a long way to solving that problem.
If your pastor described himself as lonely, said his prayer life was disappointing and revealed that he felt under-supported by his church, how would you react? Richard Underwood reveals the results of our Pastoral Wellbeing survey and explains how we want to support those leading our churches.
New Year’s Day has been and gone, but it’s never too late to make a positive new resolution. Trevor Archer suggests one way in which some of FIEC’s “older” pastors can be a massive blessing to their younger brothers.