For a beginning pastor, the ministry may look daunting. How should you approach pastoral ministry? This article shares six lessons: soak yourself in the Word, avoid the performance syndrome, point people to the Saviour, honour other pastors, love your wife, and love your people.
This article considers both the pros and cons of a long-term ministry in one location.
Can the function of the ordained ministry be reduced to "equipping saints" for service? Ephesians 4:11-12 is often read in that way. The question is therefore whether Ephesians 4:12 teaches that the "ministry of the Church" is done by the "saints" and the only distinctive role of the officers is to equip the saints for such service. The article, through a presentation of a translation and exegesis of these verses in context, argues against such a view.
This chapter offers a history of how and why the Gospel Coalition was formed. At first it wanted to identify and strengthen the confessional foundation of evangelicalism, and so produced a confessional statement of its own that it discusses herein.
How do believers understand and carry out their role in the church? This article discusses a proper perspective on individual ministry, and what ministry involves.
What does it mean to be involved in a ministry? This article shows that the modern definition of the word 'ministry' is sometimes inaccurate. The priesthood of believers should not be confused with the call to ministry, which is limited to the ministry of the word and the administration of sacraments.
After seeing how difficult a calling the ministry can be, why would anyone want to be a minister? This article answers that God makes the pastor, and prepares the way for him from childbirth. The apostle Paul is an illustration of this. It is God's power that makes men useful to his ministry. A minister will therefore not be proud, since he is only an instrument of God's hand.
These two articles build off of the series entitled The Congregation's Support of Her Diaconate. Is it the obligation of each church member to financially support the ministry of the Gospel? The author first defines what the ministry of the Gospel is, and then discusses paying the minister, providing a place of worship, and supporting mission work.
What is the process behind the decision of whether an individual will go to a theological seminary? This article maintains that not only is the individual himself behind the decision, but the church federation and the church elders. Elders have the responsibility to seek out and encourage suitable individuals to consider going into the ministry.