The elbows were out—not in order to hurt anybody, but to make sure they don’t come back six months after I get there and say, “You never said that you believed this!”
Pastors should always be thinking ahead. How far ahead? To when you’re either gone or dead and your church has a new pastor.
If you’re interviewing to be the pastor of a new church, what are some questions you should be sure to ask?By Colin Adams | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 03.08.2010
A list of theological, philosophy of ministry, and personal questions.
What are some questions specific to pastoral fidelity that churches should be asking pastoral candidates? Here’s a starter set. Can you think of more?
If churches were healthier, we’d never need to call together pastoral search committees.
Click here for the first of two articles: “What’s Wrong with Search Committees? Part 1 of 2 on Finding a Pastor”
Your ministry should not be ego-centric, but Christo-centric. Let it be driven by the Lord’s desires for your present church, not by the problems of your former church.
You might have the wrong pastoral candidate if . . .
Above all else, interim pastors should do these two things: preach the Word and love the people.
I’m arguing that instead of asking, “Why stay long-term?” we should be asking, “Why leave?”
Do we as pastors consider staying for the glory of God?
The crying need of churches in our day is biblical shepherds who are passionately committed to our King and the authority of his Word. This book, unfortunately, doesn’t challenge churches in this regard.
If you’re in between pastors, do buy the book and give it to your church leaders.
This book was written to help pastors, their fellow elders, and church members consider the issues that arise when a pastor receives a call from another church.
In stressing the glory of God in salvation through judgment, Hamilton has certainly pointed us all in the right direction.
If you want to acquaint yourself with a leading voice of the house church movement, read this book, but then turn elsewhere for what Scripture teaches about the local church.
Stiles reminds us that we may not have the power of persuasion, but if we are faithful to the biblical message, we have the power of God.
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