The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

A sobering quote from Eugene Peterson's Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity: I don't know of any other profession in which it is quite easy to fake it as in ours. By adopting a reverential demeanor, cultivating a stained-glass  voice, slipping occasional words like "eschatology" into conversation and heilsgeschichte into our discourse—not often enough actually … Continue reading The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

Faithfulness for Future Ministers

What is it that defines success in pastoral ministry? While some would point to membership growth or baptism numbers, many would rightly point to one trait as the sole indicator of success: biblical fidelity—faithfulness to the Word of God in one's life and ministry. Fundamentally, pastors are called to a life of faithfulness to the … Continue reading Faithfulness for Future Ministers

A Culture of Grace

Here's a beautiful description from Jared Wilson's book The Pastor's Justification on what a church with a culture of grace looks like: I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. They want to know—we want to know, the Lord wants … Continue reading A Culture of Grace

Down in the Ministry Dumps

There are some days that I feel worthless as a minister. It's on those days that all of my shortcomings seem to be glaring brighter than the sun. Those boring sermons I've delivered. The students who have left the church for the things of this world. My neglected duties as a husband. The weight is … Continue reading Down in the Ministry Dumps

Together for the Gospel 2012

If you happened to be traveling through Louisville, KY this week, you would find thousands of pastors walking down the streets with stack of books in their arms and the look of a giddy schoolgirl on their faces.  Why?  Because this is the week of Together for the Gospel. T4G is an event that takes … Continue reading Together for the Gospel 2012

A Novel Idea for the Church

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12) What's the responsibility of your pastor?  Well, it depends whom you ask.  Some Many congregations would say that the pastor should do the heavy-lifting … Continue reading A Novel Idea for the Church

Why We Need Rural Ministers

Cities are important.  They are where culture is truly shaped.  They are where the majority of people live.  That's why mission boards and church planting gurus are putting so much emphasis on reaching these urban areas.  It makes sense, right? I wholeheartedly agree that we should be seeking to reach the lost in our cities … Continue reading Why We Need Rural Ministers