Here are five common rookie pastor mistakes: having high expectations of the church, failing to embrace the church's uniqueness, invoking pastoral authority without earning pastoral credibility, mistaking preference for conviction, and showing fear or anger in the face of opposition.
This article considers the question regarding the length of a sermon by emphasizing the preparedness of the preacher. His sermon must be full of biblical substance, he must consider how to adorn the gospel with thought-provoking delivery, he must weave application into explanation, and develop audience awareness.
This article raises five considerations for a long-term pastorate: the pastor's credibility grows, he can know for certain what the church has been taught and plan his preaching accordingly, he learns how to face a crisis of leadership in the church at various intervals, he will be less tempted to re-use old sermons, and moving is hard on families.
This article outlines ten practical and scriptural guidelines for functioning well in leadership positions in the church.