Dan Doriani delivered a message in a breakout session at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “Only Be Strong and Courageous: Why Every Pastor Needs a Tender Heart and a Tough Hide.” The workshop explored the unique challenges faced by pastors, including five separate types of criticism.

Doriani presented a composite of leaders in Scripture who are both “strong and courageous” and also willing to “weep with those who weep.” Christ himself is the greatest example of one who is tough and enduring but also deeply loves those he shepherds. Doriani also offered comfort from Scripture for hurting pastors dealing with these inevitable issues.   

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