Category Archives: pastors

Fixing Our Own Problems is Elbow Licking

Stop what you’re doing and lick your elbow. Unless you’re driving, then pull to the side of the road, then lick your elbow. Oh,you’ve heard this one? Yeah, I heard it when I was six. I was really bored one day in first grade and my teacher didn’t like me much. She challenged me to lick my elbow. I tried… Read more »

Do We Expect Too Much Of Our Pastors?

A 2001 Barna study shared the following information: “Church-goers expect their pastor to juggle an average of 16 major tasks. That’s a recipe for failure – nobody can handle the wide range of responsibilities that people expect pastors to master.” That was one of the most interesting statistics I found while doing research for my book, Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration… Read more »

How to Confront a Fallen Pastor

This post is part of a series is about how church leadership can effectively handle the fall of their pastor when he has been accused of sexual immorality. It is a horrible situation for any church to find themselves in. It is seemingly a no-win situation for anyone. But it is a situation that more and more churches find themselves… Read more »

Southern Baptists Must Do Better For Hurting Pastors

The news of the suicide of New Orleans Baptist seminary professor John Gibson is awful to hear. According to his family, the pastor and long-time professor confessed in a suicide note that his name was on the recently released Ashley Madison list. This is an awful thing. It is not the first time a pastor who has had a moral… Read more »

A List Of Fallen Pastors

The Ashley Madison scandal brought a lot of sins to light in very short order. Some (probably wrongly) speculated that a large number of church leaders would fall in one weekend due to the crisis. However, the speculation that so many would fall set into motion a frenzy of Google searches for “a list of fallen pastors.” Interestingly, people searching… Read more »

For Pastors on the Ashley Madison List

by Ray Carroll, with Roy Yanke from A few days ago I wrote a blog entitled, “My Pastor Was On The Ashley Madison List.” In it, I encouraged churches on how to handle the situation if they discovered their pastor was on the hacked website. Since that time, I’ve received several emails from pastors who are on that list…. Read more »

A Fallen Pastor Showed Up at Our Church

One of the most common questions I get from fallen pastors is, “I fell from the ministry and I’m having a difficult time finding a place to worship. What should I do?” You may be reading this and you’re not a fallen pastor – but you may be a church member, current pastor or a church leader. This topic is… Read more »

My Pastor Was On The Ashley Madison List

A few days ago, the list of people whose names were exposed¬†as part of the hacking of the Ashley Madison site were released. Those names are now searchable on some websites and to those with a little computer savvy. It is easy to assume that a few heads will roll in the next few days. Probably not too many high-profile… Read more »

6 Things Leaders Can Do When a Pastor Falls

I wanted to be able to write something to help churches and leaders have a guide for when their pastor falls. The problem is that no two situations are quite alike. And yet, all situations are very similar. I want to give some help that comes from my experience and from the things I’ve read in the past four years…. Read more »

Is Repentance Possible For The Fallen Pastor?

When a pastor falls from the ministry, due to adultery, embezzlement, alcoholism, or whatever, the immediate desired response is that he repent on the spot. Repentance, as we know it, is a turning away from his sin and moving back toward God. Is repentance possible for the fallen pastor? If he has left his wife or committed adultery, he needs… Read more »