Mailbag #80: Should Pastors Discuss Past Sins? . . . Should Believers Ever Abstain from Communion? . . . Conducting Membership Interviews for Single WomenBy D. King, J. Joseph, M. McKinley | 04.12.2019
— How much should a pastor share about past sins? — When should believer’s abstain from the Lord’s Supper? — Should women do membership interviews for single women?
If we invest in social issues without ever explaining the gospel, then we’ve failed the test of love.
We regularly need to bring biblical theology to bear on our ministry in order to understand and accurately communicate the message of whatever text we’re teaching.
By developing other leaders who can teach, disciple, evangelize, counsel, and shepherd the flock, you raise up others who can care for the health of all the church members.
As a person begins to understand what it means to be part of a church, the “you” and “they” turns to a “we” and “us.”
Here are the five kinds of people that you might be tempted to put on your document revision committee, but should avoid if at all possible.
Does a commitment to teaching and believing doctrine hinder the spread of the gospel in hard places? Hardly.
How do you equip women in your church for ministry?
Most sermons are “base hits.” The preacher presents the meaning of the text, teaches and applies it faithfully, and the congregation receives it gladly.
In a pastoral counseling or shepherding situation, when do you say, “I have nothing else to give,” and move on?
Here are six ways you as a pastor can help your people become more faithful and enthusiastic in their prayer life.
It can be good to have a “tribe” (e.g., Acts 29, 9Marks, SGM, the PCA) where you resonate with the philosophy of ministry and get good resources for your work. I’m also glad for what God is doing to bring people together across Reformed “tribes” through movements like T4G and The Gospel Coalition. Part of what God seems […]
I hate the word “non-Christian”. Christians use it all the time to describe people who are not Christians. For example, we might say something like, “I invited my non-Christian neighbor to church” or “My son is dating a non-Christian”. And I guess that I am OK with using the word in that way. It’s not […]
When I started out as a pastor, I wanted our church to reach the lost. I hoped to see our ranks stuffed full of people who had been graciously called from darkness to light through our proclamation of the gospel. We’ve seen some of that happen. We’ve planted churches for Spanish speakers, we’re starting a […]
Bifurcation. When I was in seminary, Diane Langberg came and spoke to one of our classes. In addition to counseling victims of all kinds of horrific abuse around the world, Dr. Langberg had quite a bit of experience working with pastors who had fallen into sexual sin. When she explained how men who (almost universally) began with […]