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Pastors Leaving the Ministry in the Netherlands

Written by Rev. H.A Bergsma
In an interview with the biweekly publication, Christian Renewal, the ÒLiberatedÓ Reformed Synod's new moderator in the Netherlands, Dr. Erik de Boer, points to the dramatic rise in the number of pastors who leave the ministry or who are forced to leave their congregations. He estimates that up to 30 percent of the denomination's pastors have been in some kind of difficulty over the past few years. In his own classis two of the eight pastors have been released from their congregations. "Twenty five years ago congregations were willing to accept the weaknesses of their pastor. They viewed them as God's servant, with all his strengths and weaknesses. Congregations today demand much more from a pastor and are less willing to be patient with him. If the minister does not live up to the expectations of a part of the congregation, a body of resistance may develop. A shift in the church council may tip the balance against a minister," according to de Boer. (From Christian Observer)

There is nothing new under the sun; the prophets of the Old Testament knew about this kind of thing (think of Jeremiah). If the people would only view their pastors as GodÕs servants again É and if pastors would only speak and conduct themselves as GodÕs servants again!

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