It’s not always a good thing for someone to have their “rough edges” knocked off. A man or woman can have character and rough edges, while still keeping their effectiveness for ministry.
We often assume church planting requires more entrepreneurial skills than other pastoral contexts. Is that a fair assumption?
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.
The work of pastoring is the work of stewarding power. This book will help all pastors—and especially young ones—to do that well.
If you’ve served in a church with a plurality of elders, then you’ve felt tension over questions about how the “senior” pastor relates to other pastors.
Two years into our church plant, we faced our first major crisis. Here are nine takeaway lessons on dealing with church conflict.
Martin Bucer (1491–1551) isn’t as well known as John Calvin or Martin Luther, but during the 16th century Bucer’s writings and reform of the church in Strasbourg influenced many
These days, small groups are quite common. But are they enough for community and accountability? What’s the best way to do small groups such that they don’t interfere with the regular Sunday gathering?
Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit. But it shouldn’t be, for it takes us to the very heart of the gospel.
Jonathan asked Mark about common misconceptions of pastoral calling, how pastors can cultivate an environment where callings get tested, and the role of the church throughout.
Authority is God’s good and dangerous gift. Therefore, it’s important for pastors and church leaders to exercise their authority well, and in doing so image God.
How do we know what makes a good pastor? Jonathan chats with Mark about what a pastor is, and what it means to take a pastoral approach to Christian ministry.
—Do the Scriptures obligate believers to follow their pastor so long as what he commands is not contravened by Scripture? —Should we nominate someone as an elder who will be leaving the church soon? »
Given the cultural climate in the United States, it’s surprising to see how positively Paul speaks about being single.