From the October, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Wearing the Cross by Paul Gregory Alms

Wearing the Cross

Paul Gregory Alms on Servant Leadership & other Pastoral Fads

I have been a pastor for only thirteen years, but I have already seen several models of pastoral ministry—each the latest thing and the final word—come and go. Scores of workshops, programs, and even whole industries have promised to make me a better shepherd. Many offer new paradigms, new techniques, new strategies, summed up in great catchphrases, to increase my effectiveness and success.

Servants & Visionaries

When I entered the holy ministry, the buzzword was “servant leadership.” The best way to exercise pastoral care was to be a servant. Pastors did not exercise authority; they serve . . .


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