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I love blogging and I love reading great blogs. I’ve suggested some great blogs before , some more, and then a few more. Here are five more that I highly recommend. 1. Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff has Christian humor down well. He’s got hilarious content and he’s well known for...

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5 Blogs That You Really Should Read

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 18-07-2014

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blog9I love writing. And I love reading informative blogs – even ones that challenge me. One thing I like to do is point out some blogs I really enjoy. Here are 5 more blogs that I have enjoyed reading that I think are well-written and are worth your attention.

1. Jarrid Wilson – Jarrid is a talented blogger with insight on a lot of topics. He’s pastor of Lifepoint Church in Nashville and author of several books (including a really awesome devotional). His writing style is real, humorous when it needs to be, and always on point. A great post to start with: “4 Stupid Reasons To Not Like a Church

2. On the Journey, Brad Lomenick – Brad deals a lot with leadership training through the Catalyst Conference. He does so from a Christian perspective. He has a lot of great things to say. If your thing is motivation and leadership and you want a biblical perspective on it, Brad is your guy. Good post to start with: “Look at me when you’re talking to me

3. Whiskey Preacher – I’ve warned you all before on these, and Whiskey Preacher will warn you. There’s rough content ahead. But I will read and learn from anyone who has a voice. Phil has a lot to say and you’ll learn if you listen. Check out his website for more info. Here’s a post to start with to get to know him a bit: “Journal of a Postmodern Prophet (A Broken Day)

4. The Geek Preacher – Derek has been one of the guys who has encouraged me from the beginning. His blog is awesome. It’s got culture, Bible, nerdy stuff, and (oh my gosh, so awesome) he somewhere he has a picture of himself with Gary Gygax. When I was in a world where few people would even talk to me, he was very kind to me. That’s enough for me to highly recommend him. But even more, he’s a very talented writer and theologian (and he just had a birthday). So go check him out, you won’t be sorry. Great post to start with: “Exposing 5 Top Preacher Myths

5. Musings From a Musical Mind, Cindy Holman – Another great friend of mine who has been with me for a long time. I’m proud to know her and her husband. They were both willing to talk to me and Allison at a time when we really needed someone to talk to. Cindy is a great musical talent and expresses herself beautifully on her blog through music, poetry and art. She makes those passages in the Bible that are supposed to be artsy come alive with music (which is really important for people like me who need help in that department). She writes from her heart and I know you’ll connect with what she has to say. Good place to start: “My Unspoken Thoughts

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

Coming Monday: Heath Lambert Interview

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, interview | Posted on 10-07-2014

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lambertI’m excited to tell you about an upcoming post on Monday. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Heath Lambert recently. Dr. Lambert is the assistant professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s also the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He’s also author/co-author of several books, including “Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace.

He’s also a really great guy.

What all that means is that I got a chance to sit down with another expert to give insight on the problems that face pastors and some of the issues that lead to moral failure.

We covered a lot of topics including preventing moral failure, the issue of pornography, continually loving your spouse, and fighting temptation. You’re not going to want to miss it.

Also, don’t miss tomorrow’s guest blog by Bobby Sutton, author of, “I Slept With Potiphar’s Wife.” He has a heart for pastoral restoration.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

5 Blogs Worth Checking Out

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 05-07-2014

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I love writing. And I love reading informative blogs – even ones that challenge me. Here are 5 blogs that I have enjoyed blog44reading that I think are well-written and are worth your attention.

1. Think – It’s a collaboration of authors, “thinkers and writers who are passionate about the Church, and who enjoy spending time wrestling with deep theological questions and helping others to engage with them.” (from their site) They write on the cutting edge of theology.

Look, if you’re seeking out some kind of blog to agree with you, forget it. But if you’re looking for people of like mind who will challenge you along, go for it. Here’s a good place to start: “Will More People Be Saved Than Not?” by Andrew Wilson

2. Practical Shepherding – This site is for pastors from all backgrounds. If you’re looking for practical articles and help on things they didn’t teach you in bible college, this is your site. A good post to start with: “How does a pastor deal with ‘Carnal Christians’ in his church?” by Brian Croft

3. Thoughts from Fabs – Listen, if you want down to earth application from what God is saying, look no further. This blog is written by a person who understands difficulty and writes transparently. Great for everyone who wants someone to relate with. Great post to start with: “Car Stereos and Gifted People

4. Solacetree by Joy Wilson – Joy is a great person and writes about prayer, living and other topics. She writes a lot of poetry inspired by her meditation time with God. She holds a workshop on prayer and also has a book on the topic you’ll want to get. Here’s a great place to start: “How To Know We’re Hearing From God, pt. 1

5. Reclaiming the Mission, David Fitch – Site dedicated to churches and pastors – hoping to make a healthy church in our day. Memorable post to check out: “The Caffeine Free Diet Coke: A Metaphor For Evangelicalism 4 Years Later” by David Fitch

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

Five More Blogs Worth Reading

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 20-06-2014

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I love blogging and I love reading great blogs. I’ve suggested some great blogs before , some more, and then a few more. Here are five more that I highly recommend.

1. Stuff Christians LikeJon Acuff has Christian humor down well. He’s got hilarious content and he’s well known for blogg3what he does. Just go check it out. A good and recent post to start with: 3 Ways To Avoid Getting Tricked Into Volunteering For VBS.

2. Adam McLaneAdam writes about youth ministry, church life, tech stuff, and life. He’s published a couple of studies that you definitely need to check out. Here’s a good post to start with that definitely caught my eye: “When Should I Allow My Children to Get a Social Media Account?

3. A Deeper Story – This site is a compilation of articles from authors of so many talents and backgrounds. Here is a good description from their own site: “We believe that if we’re honest, vulnerable and brave when we tell our stories, that those stories can build bridges across ideologies, advocate for the least of these, and proclaim the Kingdom of God breaking in on earth every day.” There is so much depth there, you’ll find something to love. Here’s a good post to start with: “The Final Word” by Sarah Markley

4. Thom Rainer – Dr. Rainer is the CEO of LifeWay Resources and an excellent writer and a great person. He has a big heart for pastors and for the church. He’s the author of many helpful books that you’ll want to check out. Here’s a recent blog post that’s a great place to start: “Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor

5. Patheos – Mark Roberts – I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Dr. Roberts for my book. He gave me some great insights that have helped many. He is the author of several books that are worth your time. At Patheos, you’ll find him writing about all kinds of topics – from current events to posts with practical or theological insight. Good place to start: “Want to Live Long and Prosper? Have a Purpose for Your Life

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

Five More Blogs Worth Reading: The Saga Continues

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 06-06-2014

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I love blogging and I love reading great blogs. I’ve suggested some great blogs before and then some more. Here are five more that I highly recommend.

1. Here I Blog – Mark Lamprecht is an excellent writer who discusses theological topics in the church in a very practical manner. He talks blog7about things that church members and leaders will want to read on a weekly basis. His stuff is devotional and reflective. He even let me guest blog for him one time (and he’s more than welcome to guest blog here anytime he likes). A good post to start with: “How I Pray Scripture

2. Jen Hatmaker – Jen is a well-known author and blogger who writes on family issues and much more. She’s written some great books you should take time to check out. She’s got a current series on teenagers that is very helpful, like the rest of her work. A great place to start: “On Parenting Teens That Struggle

3. Moore to the Point, by Russell D. Moore – Dr. Moore is the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Convention. So he’s got his finger on the pulse of moral and ethical issues across the nation and within Christianity. He writes in a conversational and down to earth manner, but always makes sure the truth rings clear. If you’re ever wondering about current issues and the proper Christian stance, check out his blog first. A good place to start: “What I’ve Learned In Twenty Years of Marriage

4. Tom Jamieson – Tom is an encourager and the reason this blog looks so sharp. He’s a fellow traveler in my ministry. His blog is about helping bloggers, SEO stuff, and hosting. I really should read it more. Especially after I just paid my hosting company so much for another year. Grrrr. Anyway, he’s got a great story that he’s willing to share and is available for speaking. Great place to start: “The Top 4 Reasons Why Social Media Isn’t Working For You

5. Samluce.com – Sam Luce is an excellent writer and a children’s minister. His blog isn’t just about children’s ministry. For instance, he recently wrote about the questions behind the debate behind, “Should Christians drink alcohol?” It went beyond the normal questions and will make you think. He’s a solid thinker and relates to the reader. A good place to start: “Why Keeping Our Kids Safe Won’t Work

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

 

My Hope is Built On…? by David e White

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, David White, guest blog, hope | Posted on 02-06-2014

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Thanks to my friend David e White who has contributed another guest blog. His heart is deep for fallen leaders and I love his message here about hope. Here, he shares his own testimony to help others.  Please read this and share it with others. It’s for everyone – not just fallen ministers. Please also take time to read his bio at the end.

My Hope Is Built on…?

I am saddened when I think of the sheer volume of pastors that are falling out of ministry every year in North America. I am perplexed that there is not more being done to address the issue in some appropriate fashion — some manner of action that would see wholeness return, though I do not know what that would be.

I confess to being somewhat disillusioned that so many people seem to be willing to allow this to happen, or to stand in self-righteous (or fallingfearful) silence, or worse yet, judgment. I am compelled to write, to reach out and to speak in vulnerability. However, it is here in this attempt that I come face to face with my own weakness.

I need to take you back a little ways to make sense of what I am about to say – please bear with me.

I am the oldest of four. I lost my Father to a permanent physical and mental disability when I was 7 years old (he, 42). My mother passed away just 5 years later (she 37), and the four of us were moved to another province to live with her sister’s family. I have been sexually abused as a child. My girlfriend and I were pregnant in high school (our 30th anniversary was this past spring) and this led me to dive hard into any work I could find. I rose through the ranks from laborer to CEO, driven by a need to prove my value, and amassed a career full of accolades as an overachieving executive. There is much more to say – but these are the highlights.

My childhood years seem a paradoxical combination of abandonment while shouldering inordinate responsibility. I believe that this led me to be driven in my career pursuit as well — alone in a hard world, if I did not come up with the solutions, who would? In truth, I have been good at solving problems. I have been the transformative change agent in many different organizations over the years, and I could give you a long list of testimonials to prove it — but my heart has longed for more.

Here’s the Rub

I am constantly told that I must promote myself (develop my platform) to be heard, I must learn the science of search engine optimization (SEO) and I must generate endless reams of content for blog posts, Twitter, magazine articles and books — all in an effort to solve problems for others and to make a living for my family — and so I try, but it is hard, and I feel vulnerable.

I am moved to help others through a deep and passionate sincerity – BUT – I am also addicted to validation. Though I know that only my Creator can validate me, I am vulnerable to the validation (even more so the lack thereof) from others. I have come to know that this is the root of why I fell, and this addiction can leave me tortured in my writing, for I long to see or hear of some impact arising from what I have said – something that affirms that my effort has been worthwhile, something that validates my being.

I sometimes feel as though I should ignore my compulsion to communicate and simply take a job outside of the realm of creative influence. While my financial advisor might suggest this is a good thing, my counselor reminds me of calling. It seems ironic to me that I feel like I struggle with resilience while I write, coach and speak about it. Some have suggested that I am a sage and that I am full of wisdom, but I feel like a peer, and sometimes even more like a novice learner.

I will vulnerably tell you that after 10 years of flying solo as a creative communicator I often feel hopeless — in my desire for personal wholeness, and in my effort to generate sustainable impact professionally.

What is Hope?

I enjoyed a deep conversation with a good friend of mine this week. She was telling me that she would not allow her counselor to ever use the “h” word (hope) during their sessions. She explained that the word hope had meant nothing to her during the 6 years that she was sexually abused. All hope was simply false hope, a mere placebo at best.

hope4Then slowly her perspective began to change. She came to see that hope could have substance. Coffee in hand, she looked across the table at me at said, “Hope is to shine a light on God’s character.” She started to go on and explain more, but I implored her to stop so that I could absorb what she had said. I knew that she had endured much, and that whatever she would say would be substance, but these few words served as a wallop of truth.

Since then I spent some time searching scripture references for hope. Perhaps one of the most compelling is Lamentations 3: 21-24 (NLT):

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail…great is your faithfulness…I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’”

It does not matter if you have arrived at a place of feeling hopeless due to something external, or your own personal failure. Our Creator God has proved over and over again that His arm is not too short to rescue; that no one is outside of the reach of His saving grace.

The Key to Resilience

I have been deeply discouraged (even despairing) at times throughout my life. I would like to tell you that it all happened many years ago. In truth, I have battled often over the last few days and weeks as I am facing uncertainty – where there is the possibility of significant downside outcomes. What keeps me going? Hope. I have shined a light on the character of my Creator God, and I believe that He will do as He has promised – to work all things together for good in my life – whether I understand the outcome or not. He is worthy. He is trustworthy. It is good to sit in silence and wait for the salvation of the Lord.

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About David e White:

I have over 20 years of executive leadership experience, but I’ve also been a laborer, salesperson, manager, and consultant – even a professional musician! I have experienced the thrill of rapid growth and prosperity, but also the pain of downsizing and recession. I have been the leader who made the magic happen – I’ve made the tough decisions – I have also been the guy that got blown up by decisions made by others, and even a few I made on my own. Through it all I have learned how to be resilient and thrive in the aftermath of both scenarios.

I write, speak and coach in the area of leadership and organizational resilience. My content is anchored in the bedrock of core values, and I have come to appreciate that grace and love are wonderful gifts.  I work to inspire, encourage and equip leaders with principles for resilience. Principles that enable you to persevere adapt and excel through life’s challenges, change, uncertainty and crisis.

I would be delighted to have you as a companion on this journey. I post weekly at www.davidewhite.ca.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

Five More Blogs Worth Your Time

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 30-05-2014

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I love blogging and I love reading great blogs. I’ve suggested some great blogs before. Here are five more that I highly recommend.

1. Daisy Rain MartinShe’s become a good friend to me. She’s a terrific woman who speaks her mind. She writes about abuse, American blogsIdol, and other stuff you need to read. She has a regular Saturday feature called “Saturdaisies” you won’t want to miss. She’s also an author and you’ll want to check out her book, “Juxtaposed” as well. Suggested post to start with: “Hope is Here: Part Two

2. Confirm, by Roy Yanke – Roy is a partner in ministry I couldn’t live without. He works for PIR Ministries and they do a remarkable job helping exited pastors. He travels the country helping others and has a humongous heart for others. A suggested post to start with: “The Daily Grind

3. Covenant Eyes – This blog is written by a lot of different people with the intention of making Christians aware of the damage pornography can do. There’s such a wealth of information here as well as help for those who are struggling. A suggested post to begin with: “Porn Culture vs. The Gospel: Two Irreconcilable Messages

4. Ordinary Pastor – Now, if you’re not a pastor, don’t let the title fool you. This blog is for everyone. Erik Raymond writes with love, passion, knowledge and fervor about all kinds of topics. It should be on your daily reading list because it’s filled with things that will make you think and grow in your relationship with Christ. Good post to start with: “A Secret Life of Prayer Will Prevent a Secret Life of Sin

5. Journey, A Life of Significance, by Shawn GrovesBob and Shawn Groves are two more people I couldn’t live without in my ministry (there are a few others I’ll be plugging in future posts). They give of their time to help ministry couples that are struggling. Shawn writes beautifully about marriage and relationships and there are some fantastic practical articles you’ll want to check out. Here’s one to get you started: “Love Hurts – Healing From the Pain of Love

Oh, hey! I finally added a blogroll. It’s on the right side of the screen over there. If you’d like to exchange links, let me know. I’m always happy to promote fellow bloggers.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

Five Blogs Worth Your Time

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, blogs, blogs worth reading | Posted on 16-05-2014

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I love blogging. I also love reading great blogs. Here are five worth checking out:

1. The Pastor’s Well - Blog of Dr. Hershael York (preaching professor at Southern Seminary).  Articles on many issues to help ministers from blog imageall walks and backgrounds. Suggested post to start with: “Five Reasons to Plant Your Life in a Church and Stay There.”

2. The Unappreciated Pastor – If I give this blog a shout out, I’m appreciating it. So I’m conflicted. But it’s hard not to love it. It’s written anonymously, which is how I got started. His humor is combined with material to make you think. I love it. Suggested post to start with: “Why I’m Pro-Laugh.”

3. Reflections from Dr. Dan – I’m not usually someone who enjoys devotional type blogs. But Dr. Dan Merritt has a great heart and his writing is very engaging and personable. Great material for illustrations and even better for personal devotion.  Great one to start with: “Accomplishing the Impossible.”

4. Off the Reservation - He used to blog at Reforming Baptist, now he’s moved and better than ever.  Always been one of my favorites. Check out his post: “The Heavy Cost  of Doing Church with a Business Model.”

5. Orthodoxus – My new friend Joshua Lewis writes here and I really like what I see so far. Good place to start: “Ministry Burnout Part I: To Loathe Ministry.”

Want to leave a comment? Click the “keep reading” button and join the conversation.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

“List of Fallen Pastors”

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in adultery, blog, community, fallenness, forgiveness, grace, ministry | Posted on 06-01-2014

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list-500x250Once in a while, I like to look at my site stats and see what people are searching for. More and more, people have searched for “list of pastors who have committed adultery,” or “names of pastors who have committed adultery.”

I blogged about this topic for Provoketive Magazine on March 7, 2012. The article gets its fair share of hits.

For four years, the majority of searches that have led people to this site were searches like “pastors and adultery,” “how to forgive a pastor,” “how to help a fallen minister,” or “should pastors who commit sin be allowed back in the pulpit.” But more and more, people are simply asking for lists.

What is our fascination with lists? Go to Google and type in “list of pastor scandals” and you’ll get more than one blog that has a list of “Hall of Shame” of pastors or how pastors who fall are the most horrible people imaginable.

The trend of people searching and looking to compile such lists should give us pause. I have a few ideas why this trend exists and would like to share them.

1. People are searching for a specific pastor who fell. fallen

It might be that someone is using a search engine to find out whether a specific pastor they know, or their pastor who committed adultery, found his way on a master list somewhere. This supposes that a master list exists in the first place.  But why would a church member want to find their pastor’s name? Maybe they want details, maybe they’re trying to make sense of why he committed the sin in the first place, or maybe they are looking for a way to share the story with others.

2. People are noticing the alarming trend in pastor failure.

Pastors are falling at an alarming rate. In my book, “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” I list several pages of statistics that should make the average Christian shudder. Pastors are under a tremendous amount of stress, their ministries are crumbling, they are looking outside their marriage for love, some are sinning and not getting caught, and it’s not getting much better. Typically, when we hear about a mega-church pastor falling in the news, it is just the tip of the iceberg. We never hear about the small-church pastors, bi-vocational pastors, or medium-sized church pastors who are falling at the same rate.

3. People want to do something and don’t know where to start.

Fallen_Pastor_Cover_1200wOver the past few months, my inbox traffic has picked up. Fallen pastors, their wives, churches, church members, and any number of people looking for help. Several new blogs have popped up over the past year of fallen pastors telling their story of their fall from ministry. Some have even emailed me telling me that they were inspired by my story.

All of this tells me something important. Something exists today that did not exist five years ago – a better awareness of a serious problem. When I fell almost five years ago, there was almost nothing online to help fallen ministers. Today, there is a groundswell of help. It’s not always easy to find, but it’s there for those who are really interested in searching for it.

This year, I’m hoping for big things. I’ve talked to people about serious plans for speaking to more church groups, conferences, and men’s groups. I hope that one day, some of us will be able to hold a conference on pastoral health and share what we’ve learned. I pray that the epidemic of fallen pastors will become nil. That it won’t be a news story.

I pray that this is the year when the dreams I’ve shared with others will begin to materialize and God willing, lives will be changed.

I pray that this is the year that churches become aware that their pastor is under a tremendous weight and that the institution needs to change. I pray that churches and their leadership come together to help the pastor before weakness can take hold of him.

I pray that no longer will pastors say that the ministry is a thing that weakens their marriages, but bolsters it.

And I hope and pray that when people search for “list of fallen pastors,” the top result will be, “list of pastors whom God rescued.” Lord willing, we can and will make it happen.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answers many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact me privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. I’m here to help you.

If you are a church, men’s group, association, conference, or news outlet and would like more information about this ministry, please click here.

 

Jared Moore’s Top 250 Christian Blogs

Posted by Ray Carroll | Posted in blog, ministry | Posted on 11-11-2013

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I got a Twitter very early this morning that the Fallen Pastor blog had been added to Jared Moore’s list of Top 250 Josh-1Christian Blogs of 2013-2014.

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone. This has nothing to do with me and I want you to know why this is so important.

I started writing this blog anonymously four years ago because there was nothing out there for fallen pastors. After about two months, I started getting some feedback and people started asking me questions. A few months later, Jonathan Brink from Civitas Press and I started talking about the possibility of a book. That turned into Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.

If I were to take credit for one moment for this blog, it would be a mistake. I’m excited to be on a list because it gets this ministry out there to the people who need it. These days, I get one to four emails a week from fallen pastors, churches whose pastor has fallen, pastors who are in the midst of adultery, women who are involved with pastors, and all kinds of things you can imagine.

But I wouldn’t have any of it were it not for the amazing grace of Christ. I fell hard four years ago. There are days when it comes rushing back to me. My past blogs and some of my old, bitter writings are still up for everyone to see. But God has been so gracious to me.

I’d be nowhere without Allison, my wife. She’s my inspiration, the hand that’s always reaching out for me when I’m at my lowest, when I feel worthless. I send her the emails of the women who reach out to me and she does an amazing job at her blog.

I need to thank SBC Voices who linked to my blog even when I was blogging anonymously.

Thanks to my ragged group of friends who are always with me: Bob Groves, John Wilbanks, Roy Yanke, and Tom Jamieson – who also helped me redesign my blog.

Thanks as always to Dr. Hershael York, who for some reason took the time to do an interview with me, let me take up space in his pulpit one Sunday, and has been a great encouragement to me.

Thanks to those of you who read this blog, not because you’re fallen, but because you want to. Because you enjoy it and you love grace.

Above all else, thank you and many prayers to the fallen pastors I’ve met and those I have yet to meet. I love you all dearly. Christ loves you and has not abandoned you. And neither will I. No one understands what the fallen pastor has been through quite like another fallen pastor. And that’s why I’m here and will always try to be.

Please pass the word of this ministry if you know someone who needs help. If I can’t help, I usually know someone who can.

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If you know someone who has fallen, a church who need help, or if you are a fallen pastor, please contact me. If you’re not ready for contact, try my book, Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World.