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?
We’ll consider how our theology shapes our polity, how polity shapes ministry, and how ministry is fueled by our conception of God.
Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations: How Irresistible Grace Creates Steadfastness in MinistryBy Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
The doctrine of God’s irresistible grace is for you, right now, right here, on Tuesday morning.
The last thing I want to do is imply one must embrace Calvinism to be a good pastor. Rather, in this article, I simply aim to reflect on how an affirmation of the doctrines of grace can spur a pastor on to greater degrees of faithfulness.
I want to share a few things that might be helpful for you—Calvinist pastor—if the Lord leads you to a church that doesn’t celebrate the doctrines of grace.
The theological framework commonly called “Calvinism,” and the doctrine of unconditional election in particular, has profoundly shaped my understanding of success in ministry and sustained me through the toil of shepherding.
Preacher, if you don’t think you need to read this book, then, well . . . you need to read this book.
While caring for those who are suffering, many pastors are tempted to feel overwhelmed and under-qualified. If that’s you, pastor, here are five things to remember.
This excellent new book could rightly be called “The Collected Works of Sinclair Ferguson on Pastoral Ministry.”
Yet another pastor committed suicide. But this time, he was my close friend. And so I keep asking myself: How can I make sense of this?
Did you know that John Knox—the champion of the Scottish Reformation, the fearless preacher, the uncompromising prophet—was once defeated by a church business meeting?
A preacher who studies the text but not his people is missing out on clearer application and more nuanced communication.
Practically, let’s talk about when and how pastors can guide dating or engaged couples through difficult conversations about past sexual sin.
Local churches ought to be the “safest space” for Christians to confess sins in general and sins tied to pornography in particular.
Can we restore pastors after sexual sin?