What shoud a church member should know about their pastor? This article suggests five things.
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.
How is a pastor to deal with attacks from fellow ministry leaders, or even members of the flock? This article provides a list of eight points to consider when false accusations, unfair criticism, and slander come at the pastor.
This article explains how the pastor's calling is theological. The author shows from the New Testament, particularly Paul's letters to Timothy, that the reading, teaching, preaching, and study of Scripture are all inherently theological.
Studies have shown that the average pastor quits a church within his first five years of ministry there. This article offers seven things that every pastor must remember when tempted to quit.
This article offers an thorough answer to the question, "Whom does the pastor shepherd?"
In this essay, the author offers some lexical observations on the use of words like "preacher," "preaching," and "proclamation" in the New Testament. This article makes a distinction between a pastor of a local church and a preacher with a missionary calling. The use of these terms in the apostolic fathers is also noted.
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.
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.
How should the minister view the congregation? How should the preacher address sin in the congregation? The author looks at the way Paul addresses the church, and what it means that the pastor is preaching to the church of Christ. He also looks at the place of the promises of God, faith and repentance in the preaching.
Church members are prone to forget that their pastor is one of them. Here is a reminder about how to minister to your pastor and what you can hope for as a result.