As a pastor, you want to serve God's people well. Are you aware of the three ministry temptations that come with this desire of serving? It is the temptation to be the know-it-all, fix-it-all, and be-everywhere pastor. It is the temptation to ignore your limitations. This article explains how accepting your limitations can be of great benefit to your church. Let it help you figure out your limitations.
This article lists fifteen reasons why a minister needs to make time for pastoral visits.
What is the work of the pastor? This article maintains that a fundamental aspect of the work of the minister is teaching doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13). The author describes what it means to teach doctrine and what this teaching should look like. In order to fulfill this task, the pastor must also value reading.
This article explains five reasons why some pastors are loners in the ministry, and why that is not good.
Every pastor wants to build a successful ministry. This article explains what success in ministry is, according to Scripture: depending on the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
This article considers ten things that the apostle Paul prayed for the church. These are then worth reflecting on by today's pastors, as possible ways to shape their prayers for believers?
For pastors it can be easy to confuse success in ministry with God's endorsement of his life. This article explains the difference, and offers questions to help the pastor reflect on how he views himself and his ministry.
This article discusses the biblical image of the pastor as a watchman. From this it shows the responsibility of today's pastor to act as watchman, by delivering God's Word to his people and keeping watch over their souls.
What are ways your ministry can equip parents with what they need to lead their families? This article suggests a number of tools helpful in this regard, including resource lists made readily available for parents.
This article emphasizes the responsibility of the pastor to teach and preach, and to be clear, specific, systematic, and comprehensive in doing so.
This article discusses the responsibility of the minister to serve, and it does so by showing five parallels between the minister and a waiter.
This article provides four ways that pastors can help difficult church members in their walk with Christ: listen well, admonish with love, encourage with perseverance, and strengthen with patience.
This article underlines the importance of pastors praying for their congregation. It looks at various Scripture passage in its consideration of how pastors should pray.
What is the treatment for ministry weariness? This article suggests three things: eat, sleep, and have time with the Lord.
This article outlines three benefits that come from the pastoral work of visiting the sick: God calls us to be servants of his people, we become reminded of the frailty of our own lives, and we realize afresh that we are entirely dependent on the Lord.
What are leadership principles that a pastor should consider in order to prosper in the ministry? This article offers several insights, particularly on the selection and development of leaders, the matter of self-examination and keeping perspective, and the way to lead through conflicts.
Reading is essential to pastoral ministry. To the pastor, reading is the door, and texts are the workmen through which the furniture of ideas enters the mind and organizes a pastor’s ministry. This article explains the reasons for reading and the categories that can be used to structure the pastor's reading.
Why is writing good for every pastor? This article gives five reasons.
Why do pastors quit? Conflict, discouragement, suffering, burnout, cares of the world, loneliness, and moral failure are the reasons for leaving the ministry. This article not only explains them, but also gives encouragement to young pastors and aspiring seminarians.
Just like Timothy who was commanded to do the work of an evangelist, pastors must also do evangelism. How do they do that? This article suggests four ways in which pastors must carry out this work, starting with themselves.
How can you avoid pastoral burnout? This article offers some practical things you can do.
As a pastor you can use social media to build up your church. This article points to ten ways you can use social media for your church.
This article explains that if you are attempting to minister with a celebrity-pastor conscience, or you forget you are finite, or working as if the results were your responsibility, then pastoral burnout is looming.
What should be the personal priorities of a pastor? This article suggests three, the first of which is to make sure you are a Christian.
If polemics is the defence of the truth with the objective of refuting error, then polemics should be part of the calling of the minister. This article gives biblical ground for this call.
This article offers an thorough answer to the question, "Whom does the pastor shepherd?"
There is no church without problem people. How should the pastor deal with such people? This article explains that there would be no place for your ministry if there were no problem people for you to help, and suggests how to care for them.
This article contains a consideration of the two main tasks of the minister of the gospel.
Why and what should ministers read? This article answers, with consideration to 2 Timothy 4:13, where Paul asks Timothy to bring his cloak, books, and parchments.
This article argues that every pastor needs to be a theologian in his work. It explains how the Enlightenment reshaped the pastoral role away from the Christian academy, and then provides three reasons why it is valuable for the church to recover a vision of the pastor-theologian for the local church: it is biblical, historical, and necessary.
This article discusses the need for the pastor to help the congregation think theologically in order to grow in discernment and discipleship. He himself has to learn to discern the different levels of theological importance of doctrines, in order to give the congregation a sense of priority and discernment in this area.
This article sees hospital visitation or visitation of the sick as a necessary part of the calling of the pastor. In particular, this author calls for an intentional re-orientation in the training of pastors toward a more biblically faithful and vocationally satisfying approach to the visitation of the sick and dying.
This article considers what Paul was really getting at in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 when he spoke of himself as being all things to all people. In what way(s) exactly was he accommodating himself?