Category Archives: preachers

When a Pastor Falls, pt. 2: Confronting the Pastor

This 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 in. I am a fallen… Read more »

When a Pastor Falls, pt. 1: What Can Leaders Do?

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. For the next few posts, I want to give some help that comes from my experience and from the things I’ve read… Read more »

When a Pastor Falls, 1: Help For Leaders

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. For the next few posts, I want to give some help that comes from my experience and from the things I’ve read… Read more »

Pastoral Adultery Doesn’t Happen Overnight

“Our pastor committed adultery! How did this happen?” If I’ve heard this once since I fell from ministry, I’ve heard it a thousand times. When a pastor falls, it is a shocking thing to the church and community. People’s emotions range from shock then to anger in a matter of days. “How could he?” Let’s deal with the reality first…. Read more »

Where Can A Fallen Pastor Fit In?

When a pastor falls and ends up out of the ministry – whether permanently or temporarily – he finds himself lost. A lot of things are going on in his life – counseling, restoration, working with his wife, working through his sin, trying to make sense of it all, possible court proceedings, etc. One of the most significant things that… Read more »

The Pastor’s Crisis Moment

I talk to a lot of fallen pastors and pastors who are in danger of falling. The pastors who are in danger of falling are usually already talking to another woman and they typically describe their relationship with the woman who is not their wife like this: “We haven’t ‘crossed the line physically,’ but we are having an emotional affair.”… Read more »

“Our Pastor Committed Adultery 20 Years Ago”

Over the past five months, I’ve gotten at least four emails that were almost identical, asking the same question. They all came from church leaders and asked this question: “What do we do when we just found out our current pastor committed adultery over 20 years ago? The deacons at that time knew of it, told him not to worry… Read more »

Hershael York, Pt. 2: Pornography, Ministry Failure & Prevention

This is part two of my interview with Dr. Hershael York concerning fallen pastors, grace, ministry failure, and all kinds of things. If you missed part one, please go there first. If not, here is part two of our conversation. If you are looking for even more Dr. York quotables, he helped me out when I wrote my book. Dr…. Read more »

Strange Fire?: There Is A Larger Elephant In The Room

Last week, well known pastor, author and evangelical John MacArthur hosted a conference at his church called “Strange Fire.” The three day event was based upon the idea that the “Charismatic movement is leading people astray and dishonors the Holy Spirit.” At stake is whether certain gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation. Popular blogger Tim Challies live… Read more »

For All The Sinning Pastors Out There

The title of this post is a little misleading. All pastors are sinners. I’m writing this for every pastor, but I’m not. Every pastor should read this, but I’ve got a serious message for a specific group of pastors. I get at least two emails a week from people whose lives have been changed because a pastor has committed adultery…. Read more »