Pastors need the hope of heaven at the beginning of their ministry, and they still need it at the end of their ministry. Jonathan Leeman chats with Phil Newton (a pastor for 40+ years) and Omar Johnson (a brand-new pastor) about this. You can read Omar’s article here, and Phil’s here. Youtube Spotify iTunes Download MP3
I should have talked more about the hope of heaven at the beginning of my ministry because I certainly can’t quit talking about it now as I near my ministry’s end.
Pastoral calling and ministry training do not inoculate from wrong ambitions. But men who are humbly lashed to God’s Word, with character shaped by the gospel, will pursue right ambitions.
Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership Newton and Schmucker convincingly demonstrate that a return to the New Testament pattern of elder plurality best serves the shepherding needs of the local church. The authors suggest a workable process for improving a local church’s leadership structure and making the transition to elder plurality. Stories of church […]
Brothers, preach 1 Timothy. And don’t wait too long. You and your congregation need its Christ-centered focus for the church.
We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.
Mailbag #74: The Wisdom of Confronting an Older Pastor . . . Is It Biblical to Call Women “Ministers”? . . . How a Pastor Should Schedule His WeekBy C. Humfrey, J. Leeman, P. Newton | 02.15.2019
— One of our elders, a man far older in the faith than us, has begun to regularly preach poor sermons. How should we respond? — I’ve noticed some SBC churches give women on staff the title of “minister” in deliberate distinction from “pastor” or “elder.” Is this practice wise? — What are some principles for how a pastor should schedule his week?
While it is certain that Scroggins’ book will get wide readership, I think the book fits best outside of local church leadership structures.
Thune has put together a series of essays, exercises, and questions for aspiring elders to consider before embracing the office of elder.
Those committed to proclaiming God’s Word will find Chapell’s volume accessible, resourceful, and useful.
I found this book so helpful that I’m asking all of our elders and pastoral interns to read it.
One of the most important things that I can do for staff is to help them understand the diversity in the body of Christ and how to work patiently with all sorts of people.
Rather than a healthy, robust congregationalism, this church practiced congregational micromanagement.
Our churches can give the gospel a black eye, or they can be used by the Holy Spirit with magnetic effect to draw people to Jesus.
A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum:
What lessons have you learned the hard way in selecting elders?