For the Pastor
If God has entrusted you with gifted team members, we want to encourage them. They are gifts of Christ to his church. Cherish them.
It’s important to ask your own staff, “How can I serve you better as your senior pastor?”
Pastors are sheep, too. . . . They must not only be the source of Christ-centered ministry, but also the objects of it.
We asked a group of pastors for their best ideas for staff meetings. What follows is an adaptation of the email exchange that ensued.
For the Pastor and His Staff
You are not an island, so don’t think that the uniqueness of your role somehow isolates you from others.
So you’ve been called by a congregation to serve as an associate pastor. Now what?
The last thing any senior pastor needs is an associate playing Absalom at the gate with disgruntled members.
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
Here Piper and Carson similarly remind us that learning (scholarship) and ministry are likewise complementary—the one is necessary to the other.
This book is a valuable resource for those engaged in reaching Muslims with the gospel.
The great strength of this volume is that it serves as a fairly accessible introduction to a number of critical issues in contemporary evangelical missiology.
As you read this book you’ll see that Randy Pope has accomplished tremendous work for the sake of the gospel, and his approach to ministry planning has borne abundant fruit.
Pastors, active church members, and church skeptics alike will be well served by this loving reminder of the centrality of the local church in the Christian life.
This book can be a helpful tool for pastors as they seek to understand the cultural makeup of their churches. But ultimately, its usefulness is limited by how little it focuses on Christ.
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