Resources on Ministry

Mar 16, 2016

Your Meaningless Ministry by Stephen Miller

We tell ourselves it's all for the glory of God, but our true motivations are revealed by our disappointments.

Dec 9, 2016

Wondering if You're the Next Pastor to Fall by Dave Harvey

The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor.

Sep 14, 2015

Why Your Pastor Might Be Depressed Today by Mike Leake

He isn’t being lazy—he’s being human. Monday morning depression is a real thing for most pastors.

Feb 21

Why Should One Consider Formal Theological Education? by Nathan Finn

We ask Nathan Finn, "Why should one consider formal theological education?"

May 27, 2016

Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship by Jonathan Leeman

Complementarianism is crucial for Christian discipleship because pastors and churches need to hold up different pictures of Christian maturity for the man and for the woman.

Oct 21, 2015

When You Wonder if All the Work is Worth It by Christine Hoover

We planted our church over six years ago. There is a church where there used to not be one, yes, but we're still working really hard and sometimes it feels like we're spinning our wheels. When is it going to get easier? When is God going to do something big and miraculous instead of the small and incremental? 

Jun 8, 2015

When The Pastoral Thrill Is Gone by Brandon Shields

Let the thrill of ministry die away, and seek the presence of the thrill-giver through communion, solitude, service, and contentment, and you will find a world of new thrills all the time.

Jun 12, 2015

When Holy Ambitions Take Wrong Turns by Adam Cavalier

I’ve noticed in my own heart is that my definition of ministry success is often determined by what other people think of me. Strong influence, wide recognition, and powerful spiritual authority can be good things. Those things can be leveraged for tremendous impact in God’s kingdom. But often my heart can gravitate towards those things quicker than they do the ultimate goal: honoring Christ.

Jun 2, 2014

Whenever God Does a Mighty Work, It Has Been By Some Very Insignifcant Instrument by Jared C. Wilson

What kind of "stuff" does God use for his extraordinary work?

I relished this bit from Charles Spurgeon's revival sermon, "The Story of God's Mighty Acts":

A friend who called to see me yesterday, tells me that the lowest and vilest men, the most depraved females in Belfast, have been visited with this extraordinary epilepsy, as the world calls it; but with this strange…

Aug 19, 2016

When Do You Practice Church Discipline? And How Do You Do It? by Jonathan Leeman

In the life of the church, discipline as forming and correcting should characterize not just Sunday, but Monday to Saturday.

Nov 22, 2015

What They Need on Sundays by Jared C. Wilson

A word to my brother-pastors, who every week labor in preparing to teach the Bible in the weekend gathering while the dark cloud of the new cultural downgrade hangs over them:

Brothers, let's not go about our weekly sermon preparation and personal discipleship in sackcloth and ashes. Let's get into the vineyard of God's word, get some holy sweat worked up, whistling while we work, lifting our hearts…

May 6, 2016

What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self About Pastoring by Dave Harvey

Unless a flux capacitor becomes a reality in the near future, I won’t have the opportunity to talk to my younger self. But I can talk to you . . .

Jun 1, 2015

What Do You Do With The Discouraged Pastor? by Jim Elliff

There are things you can do for your pastor that are like a drink of cool water on a dry, dusty day.

May 5, 2015

Turning Opposition Into Opportunity by Jonathan Shradar

I don’t know what your opposition looks like. It might be a senior leader that prefers you preach four points to a better job rather than freedom in Christ. It might be a church member that can’t stand the songs you sing on Sundays. Or it might be the elder that spends more time thinking about "what could have been" instead of "what can be." But I do know this…

Aug 24, 2015

Train, Part 2

Rusted Hammers and Grace for Immaturity

Training men means that you and I will spend much of our time wire brush grinders, chipping away at the rust of hammers left in the grass. Let’s do it with grace, using the opportunity to train men how to avoid mistakes as much as possible how to take responsibility for mistakes when they are made, and how to rest in the grace of our God through it all.

Jul 29, 2015

Train, Part 1

6 Musts in Training Men

All men, whether they desire to be pastors or are simply husbands and fathers, need training in 6 key areas. Men who desire to be pastors must then learn to apply these 6 areas to a whole other section of life, a larger family -- their church.

Aug 26, 2016

The Waiting Game - Leading Those Who Stray by Dave Harvey

Waiting is not just a discipline we impose but a grace we experience. Our lean is into the promise of His blessing and provision.

Editors note: This article was originally published at Am I Called

Sep 24, 2015

The Undercurrent of Temptation in Ministry by Christine Hoover

We know we are not Jesus, but we're tempted to believe and act from the idea that we're able to be all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, self-sufficient, without limits, self-existent, and in control of all things. Especially in how we minister to others.

Feb 12, 2016

The Sheep Aren't Stupid by Joe Thorn

Pastors sometimes say stupid things. Sometimes those stupid things are catchy and wind up being repeated by many other pastors. One of the more preposterous pithy statements I have heard many preachers say is, “Sheep are dumb.”

Feb 3, 2014

The Promise in Pastoral Weakness by Jared C. Wilson

For The Church managing editor Jared C. Wilson preaches on the inevitability of weakness in pastoral minstry and the necessity of the gospel for pastoral ministry at the 2014 Desiring God Pastors Conference pre-conference event.

Jul 1, 2016

The Priority of Confirming Your Call by Dave Harvey

Ministry methods have changed over the decades, but the challenges and joys of ministry remain the same. Spurgeon’s lectures to his students are just as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.

Jul 29, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 4

Planning and Prepping for a Sabbatical

It is my prayer that your church incorporates a practice of ministry sabbaticals. There are enough burned-out pastors. Let us not add more.

Jul 22, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 3

Implementing A Sabbatical Policy

I know it sounds weird but it is important to clearly lay out expectations. As much as pastors love the people God has blessed them with, it is important that they spend time away during their vacation or sabbatical.

Jul 15, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 2

What Is a Sabbatical?

A ministry sabbatical is not a glorified vacation, but a time for spiritual reflection, renewal, training, or contribution.

Jul 8, 2015

The Practice of Ministry Sabbaticals, Part 1

Why Don't More Ministers Take Them?

For either churches or pastors who refuse to consider a sabbatical period for the minister, the root of the refusal is often sin.

Oct 11, 2015

The Pastor's Wife: A Helper Fit For Him by Jordan Sparks

I know that I have often felt the tug of the Mama Bear inside of me to get the claws out when I feel that my pastor husband is being wronged in some way. Although at times my response may be fleshly, I wonder if I indeed have some role in helping through these times.

Jun 28, 2015

The Pastor as Shepherd by Matt Capps

The beautiful thing about the shepherding metaphor is that it instructs us on the nature of pastoral leadership with deep emotive insight. In many ways, this is why the Biblical writers employed the shepherding metaphor for pastoral ministry.

May 27, 2015

The Pastor As Nursing Mother

Cultivating Gentleness in Ministry

This is not the image that most readily comes to mind when we think of pastoral ministry. Nobody flocks to pastor's conferences to learn about this. But it is incredibly important.

Oct 31, 2016

The Pastor and 'Sola Fide' by Jared C. Wilson

On this Reformation Day anniversary, here is a reflection on sola fide for the pastor and an encouragement to shepherd "by faith, and not by sight."

Dec 31, 2015

The One Resolution the Pastor Must Make

Or, How You Uncheapen Grace in Your Church

We don’t begin by the Spirit and continue by the flesh (Gal. 3:3). We are not followers of Christ-and-something-else-ianity.

Apr 13, 2016

The One Passion Every Pastor Must Have by Jason K. Allen

 To pursue ministry but not having a passion for the gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission is like pursuing medicine, but not liking patients.

Apr 22, 2015

The Now-ness of Eternal Life by Timothy Juhnke

It seemed like a simple assignment. I asked my class to write a short essay answering the question, “What is eternal life?”

May 13, 2016

The Lonely Pastor by Jared Sparks

Multiple pastors have confessed to me that they have few or no real friends. This is unacceptable. There is a better way.

Jun 5, 2015

The Importance of the Pastoral "I Don't Know" by Jared C. Wilson

One of the most valuable sentences in a pastor's arsenal is "I don't know."

Oct 21, 2015

The Importance of Ministry to Senior Adults by R. Lucas Stamps

In my relatively young ministry, I have also developed deeply meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with senior adults.  At several different stops in my ministry, I have had the blessing to minister to and receive ministry from seasoned Christian laypeople. It’s difficult to express in words what these relationships have meant to me and my family, but I offer below a few lessons learned in senior adult ministry.

Aug 14, 2015

The Haunting of Ministry Failure by Joshua Wilson

"I am now a statistic," I thought. I am the percentage they talk about at conferences and church planting workshops.

Apr 24, 2015

The Gospel for Ministry Quitters by Jared C. Wilson

In the pastoral ministry world, we sometimes get the impression from the Bright Minds Among Us that only losers quit. Well, maybe so. But Jesus came for losers.

Jan 18, 2016

The False Heaven of a Successful Ministry by Jared C. Wilson

Too often we envision “successful ministry” and pour our energies and affections into seeing that vision become a reality.

Jul 9, 2015

The Dirty Jobs Pastor by Daniel Darling

My years of ministry experience tell me that most still feel that the work they do with their hands during the week is inferior to the work of people whose paycheck comes from a church or Christian ministry. Why is this?

May 18, 2015

The Dangers of Pastoral Entrepreneurship by Matt Svoboda

A spirit of professionalism is still a danger to pastor ministry, but I think we are seeing a new wave: a spirit of entrepreneurship.

Sep 25, 2015

The Danger of the Ordinary by Jason Kees

If we get into the habit of weekly preparing our sermons while forgetting the who of the biblical text, we miss the point of the Gospel.

Dec 23, 2015

The Crucible of Bivocational Ministry, Part 2

The Personal

Here are four ways that bi-vocational ministry has been for me a crucible that God has used to refine me personally . . .

Dec 16, 2015

The Crucible of Bivocational Ministry, Part 1

The Pastoral

I would like to share with you three ways that bi-vocational ministry has been for me a crucible that God has used to refine me pastorally.