How beautiful are the feet

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A tale of two slippers over three-and-a-half-decades of ministry A pair of slippers crafted from fine leather, we caught the eye of a Canadian couple visiting relatives in…

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Apprentice pastor: a social worker in church

Monday, October 17, 2016

It’s a familiar refrain: you can’t get a job without experience but you can’t get experience without a job. The challenges are compounded when professional fields, like the…

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The future of our pastors

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Results of the 2015 CCMBC pastoral survey It seems like only yesterday when the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches initiated a nationwide pastoral trends survey (see MB…

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Pastor serves Justice for 25 years

Monday, November 17, 2014

On Sept. 7, 2014, the congregation of Justice (Man.) MB Church celebrated the 25 years pastor Gerry Harms has served the congregation. Before Harms was called to Justice…

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A diamond of great value

Saturday, November 1, 2014

One couple’s adoption story MB Herald associate editor Karla Braun asked Quebec conference minister Stéphane Rhéaume and his wife Annie Labelle to reflect on their recent experience of…

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Ten commandments for pastors

Monday, September 1, 2014

You shall not separate what you do from who you are. Woe to the pastor whose work seems to put him at odds with living as a Christian….

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2 jobs 1 calling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The world of bi-vocational ministry  Most pastors write sermons and perform weddings. Some also stuff bears, set insurance premiums and demolish bathtubs. Welcome to the world of bi-vocational…

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The gift of being

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

For this month’s Herald, I asked a group of pastors what they wished their congregation understood about a pastor’s job. Their answers were similar. The bottom line? “We wish people understood that we can’t do everything!”

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Lone rangers need not apply

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I’m often asked, “Why are you a pastor?” Or, “What’s it like being a young(er) pastor?” Or I simply get intrigued looks when strangers discover my profession. These reactions reveal stereotypes about pastors and church leaders that many people hold, as those people assume they know who I should be or how I should act.

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“Coffee crowd pastor” blessed many

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The death – and the life – of a retired Mennonite Brethren pastor made front page news in Saskatoon’s Star Phoenix Jan. 13. Victor Nickel, 83, died in…

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Who’s choosing (and sticking with) church ministry?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Take a trip to Toys R Us. You’ll find all kinds of cool toys designed to inspire kids about future professions – a stethoscope for aspiring doctors, a plastic cell phone for budding lawyers. But do companies market anything for up-and-coming church leaders? A plastic pulpit, perhaps?

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The coolest thing

Friday, September 22, 2006

A pastor discovers the surprises in surrender A generous white binder figures prominently in the lead pastor’s office at Forest Grove Community Church in Saskatoon. Full of encouragements and…

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