Pastoral Ministry

The Minister’s Reflection

Here we stand at a turning point of our lives, at the end of one year and the bright beginning of another. Many of us will kick off the year with a bang as we stay up and ring in the New Year with loved ones. For most people, this time of the year brings [&hel... Read More »

How Social Media Influences Our Preaching

“Millions of Friends, but Not Very Popular”. This is the headline to the “New York Times” review of the 2010 feature film “The Social Network,” which chronicles the 2003 development and deployment of Facebook by its founder Mark Zuckerberg. From th... Read More »

Preaching and Leadership

We live in a time obsessed with leadership. From TED talks to Facebook message boards, people (leaders and non-leaders) possess a plentitude of opinions on the proper practice of leadership. This obsession isn’t a modern, secular phenomenon either. The evang... Read More »

Preaching and Crisis Management

“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 Every pastor no doubt begins the ministry with the ideal in mind. He will sp... Read More »

Preaching and Administration

After nearly forty-two years of ministry, one major aspect of effective ministry is the ability to administrate one’s responsibilities well.  Those who seem to master this art have a tendency to excel much quicker than those who do not.  In Romans 12, Paul... Read More »

Preaching and Pastoral Care

When God calls a man to serve as a pastor in a local church, there are countless tasks he needs to complete. The primary tasks can be divided into several main categories including feeding, leading, and protecting. There are many ways in which a pastor accompl... Read More »

The Preacher Who Mentors: Reproducing in Others What Jesus Produced in You

When one leaves seminary, the name Charles always references Spurgeon. It is hard to imagine any seminary student that would not make that connection. He of course is a great man and one who was iconic. That is, though, sometimes the problem. We study a man wh... Read More »

The Preacher Who Cares: How Pastoral Ministry Accentuates the Preacher’s Pulpit

In a culture that is increasingly privatized, individualized and scandalized, the need for preachers to care genuinely for those to whom they preach perhaps has never been so important. Whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not, the manner in which the preac... Read More »

The Preacher Who Witnesses: How to Set the Evangelistic Thermostat in Your Church

Local churches have had legendary battles over the temperature setting of thermostats. Who gets to control the temperature in the sanctuary: the pastor or the trustees? While a pastor can concede the temperature setting of the sanctuary thermostat to the trust... Read More »

The Preacher Who Forgives: The Preacher as a Model for Forgiveness

Some Christian clichés are passed around in our circle of churches because they sound nice. They may not always be theologically air-tight. Take this one, for instance: When God closes a door, He opens a window. Climbing through windows is becoming of a burgl... Read More »