Pressure Points

Pressure Points (June 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses how congregations can be welcoming and supportive to new church workers.

Pressure Points (May 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses the issue of computer use by pastors: how much is too much?

COP applies ‘Koinonia Project’ to church issues

The LCMS Council of Presidents divides into groups to work through such issues each time it meets, until April 2015.

Pressure Points (April 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses the use of Internet pornography by church workers and pastors who spend many hours on their computers.

Pressure Points (March 2014)

Should Lutheran congregations consider private confession and absolution?

Pressure Points (February 2014)

Pastors with “compassion fatigue” — here’s help.

Pressure Points (January 2014)

In this month’s “Pressure Points,” Dr. Bruce Hartung suggests ways to end an addiction to Internet pornography.

Pressure Points (December 2013)

Here’s some advice for pastors who “walk closely” with their congregation members and feel increasingly down and “edgy.”

Pressure Points (November 2013)

This month’s column addresses readers’ concerns that relate to church workers and congregations or schools.

Pressure Points (October 2013)

The conversation about pastors having friends in the congregation continues.

Pressure Points (September 2013)

Is at least one close friendship in the congregation “critical” for pastors? The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung shares responses to that question.

Pressure Points (August 2013)

This month’s column discusses the danger of a “pastors-only” group, and a pastor’s servant attitude.

Pressure Points (July 2013)

This month’s column explores how a new pastor might best begin ministry with his first congregation.

Pressure Points (June 2013)

This month’s “Pressure Points” concentrates on how congregations can support their professional church workers — especially new workers.

Pressure Points (May 2013)

The “Pressure Points” column for May 2013 explores conflicts between and among congregational lay leaders and pastors.

Pressure Points (April 2013)

With Dr. Bruce Hartung Responding to previous columns, a spate of communications from readers has taken up the issue of accountability of pastors. In many cases, these communications have been expressions of pain, bewilderment, upset and an ger. Their common…