As immigrant churches pursue greater independence among their various language congregations, the goal is not simply to have separate churches so that we can cross our t’s and dot our ecclesiological i’s. That’s only half the picture.
If we’re going to help our people, we pastors must cultivate humility.
Brother pastor, do you care about holiness? Please don’t give up caring. Be vigilant. Soldier on against your sin from this day to the day of your death.
Brothers, we have permission to set aside our next sermon, open the Book, and simply tend to our own heart for an unhurried season each day.
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.
Pastoral patience—the capacity to invest sufficient time in the pursuit of kingdom outcomes without freaking out—is a vital virtue in the exercise of pastoral care.
God’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome: Good Pastors Know When to Pick a Fight But Prefer to Avoid ThemBy Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020
There are fights to pick. Staying out of the fray is not always the better part of valor. But often it is.
What should we remember when tragedy overwhelms us, or when we lose our way in confusion, or when we seem unable to please anyone and the congregation is stiff and cold—or even walking out?
Jesus tells us there is joy in generosity. In giving. In dying to our preferences and pleasures. In taking the way of the cross rather than the way of collection.
Of all the places where people should hear that they are loved, they should hear it in the church—especially from their pastor.
If you deprive yourself of God’s gift of pastor-friends, you might find yourself increasingly isolated and discouraged.
In my decade of pastoring, I’ve undergone a shift in the sources of my joy.
Do pastors need to care about administration?
The more I studied Scripture and watched pastors I respected, I became convinced that pastors have the opportunity and responsibility to train other pastors.
Here are three practical ways our congregations can be staging areas for gospel advancement into the unreached places of the world.