Resources by Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey is the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, and serves as the Executive Director of Sojourn Network. Dave is also the founder of, a leadership resource site helping pastors, leaders and men who sense a call to ministry and has 29 years of pastoral experience, with 19 years as a lead pastor. Dave chairs the board for the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has traveled nationally and internationally doing conferences where he teaches Christians, equips pastors and trains church planters.  Dave has a D-Min from Westminster Theological Seminary, is the author of When Sinners Say I DoAm I Called?, and Rescuing Ambition, and is about to publish another book with Zondervan.  Married for 32 years, Dave and Kimm have four kids and one grandchild.

Sep 30, 2016

You Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel When... by Dave Harvey

Ministry is about becoming less impressed with yourself and more smitten with the Savior. 

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.

May 24

When Preaching is Big and God is Small by Dave Harvey

My fears are real. They can’t be ignored, denied, or spiritualized into something they’re not. But for me, they can camouflage a deeper reality.

Nov 10, 2016

When Leaders Implode (Part One) by Dave Harvey

When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.

May 20, 2016

When Honor Becomes Toxic by Dave Harvey

We all fall prey to stalking honor. But is there a bright side?

Jul 15, 2016

What to Do After You Preach by Dave Harvey

If you’re called to preach, you leave it all in the pulpit.

May 24, 2017

What's the Best Way for a Pastor to Negotiate His Salary? by Dave Harvey

God rarely invites men into ministry roles where some kind of financial faith is not required to accept the role.

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 . . .

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

Jun 16, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments. 

Jun 9, 2017

The Routine Absurdity of Leaders Growing Large (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.

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.

Jan 27, 2017

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 2) by Dave Harvey

When we ponder the right things, we proceed in the right direction. 

Jan 13, 2017

Redeeming 'Whatever' (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

How does God reach us when our heart staggers mindlessly into the gray dusk of ‘whatever’? 

Jun 20

Preventing Pastoral Car Wrecks by Dave Harvey

There are few things more dangerous to a church than a pastor who is extraordinarily endowed on the gifting side and extraordinarily deficient on the character side.

Jul 29, 2016

Planting Churches That Last by Dave Harvey

Church planters, study and value the past. It’s the path to the future.

Feb 10, 2017

Pastoring People Through Slow Change by Dave Harvey

The call to plant and pastor is primarily a call to help people keep the gospel in focus.

Jun 17, 2016

Moving Toward a Merciful Ministry by Dave Harvey

Ministry is a call to be merciful. But it’s not because we’re pastors or called to be pastors.

Jun 3, 2016

How to Know You're Really Preaching the Gospel by Dave Harvey

When we’re really preaching the gospel, both to ourselves and to others, it sets us free.

Jul 4

How Should a Pastor or Church Leader View Parachurch Ministries? by Dave Harvey

Every day, entrepreneurial Christians are planting parachurch seeds producing ministries that populate the West.

Jul 11

How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers by Dave Harvey

How do you respond when someone you know has sinned against you, or maybe people you love? 

Dec 30, 2016

How Long Should it Take Me to Prepare a Sermon? by Dave Harvey

It’s like the lad who asks the seasoned fisherman, “How long does it take to catch a fish each week?”

Aug 19, 2016

Called (Part Two) by Dave Harvey

We are custom made by our Creator to fill a place and fulfill a destiny.

Aug 12, 2016

Called (Part One) by Dave Harvey

Biblical calling is, first of all, something done for us.

Oct 14, 2016

7 Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 1) by Dave Harvey

When it comes to preaching, don’t start wrong. 

Nov 25, 2016

7 Common Mistakes New Preachers Make (Part 3) by Dave Harvey

These mistakes are all common to emerging preachers and many gifted expositors have stumbled through them.