Blog Entries on Pastoral

Jan 8, 2019

Why Pastors Should Engage Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament by Edward W. Klink III

The wise pastor will become familiar with New Testament hyperlinks to the Old Testament and learn to move between anchor texts and their targets so as to rightly divide the Word of truth.​

Apr 7, 2017

Why I Admire Pastors and You Should Too by Jason K. Allen

Most of the pastors I know garner my trust and respect and deserve my prayers and support. 

Jun 9, 2016

What Makes a Great Preacher? - Part Four

The Preacher's Delivery

Part four in a six-part series, What Makes a Great Preacher

Sep 27, 2017

What Is The Pastor To Be? by Jason K. Allen

The biblical expectations are high, and the nonbiblical ones held by many churches are higher still. 

Oct 16, 2019

Whatever Happened to "Surrendering to Ministry"? by Jason K. Allen

The minister is to be at God’s disposal, sensing and seeking his leadership for where he would have the minister go and to whom he would have the minister serve.

May 16, 2019

To the Young Pastor Who Feels Inadequate by Jared Kathcart

We have a God that deals in the business of the inadequate and unworthy. Let the power of Christ rest upon you, young pastor.

Oct 23, 2019

Three Opportunities for the Criticized Preacher by Jonathan Kroeker

The proud preacher can’t stand to be criticized, let alone critiqued. 

Mar 23, 2018

Thoughts On The Rise And Fall Of Pastors by Scott Sauls

As pastors, we are vulnerable to paint ourselves as victims on the one hand or to become bullies or crooks or adulterers on the other.

Jun 30, 2014

The Pastor's Second Most Important Book by Garrett Kell

For Christians, the Bible is the most precious and important book we possess. In its pages are the divinely inspired words that guide us to know and love our God.

After the Bible there are a few books that every believer should probably read, reread, and apply. On this short list would be works like Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Pilgrim's Progress, Augustine's Confessions, Mere Christianity, Knowing God

Feb 28, 2018

The Pastor's Calling by Jared Sparks

Before I am anything else, I am a man who has been saved and sustained by the God of the gospel. 

Oct 27, 2017

The Pastoral Duty of Letting People Down by Brian Sauve

I want a pastor who will stop slathering fresh layers of bitumen on his egomaniacal Babel and believe instead that his hope isn’t in being well-liked.

Aug 29, 2018

The Church Needs Fewer Men Who Feel “Called” to Ministry by Dayton Hartman

We can’t look to the degrees on our wall or the title beside our name as evidence of qualification.

Feb 2, 2017

Stott’s Simple—Yet Surprising—Productivity Secret by Kevin Halloran

Hitting the pause button on life and ministry will help us find rest for our souls and experience a sweet foretaste of heavenly rest in Christ’s presence.

Oct 14, 2019

Six Lessons I've Learned In One Year Of Pastoral Ministry by Jesse Randolph

Pastors have a weighty calling. It is a calling that carries with it lasting and eternal consequences. 

Jul 29, 2016

Should I Have Started My PhD Instead of Becoming a Pastor? by Danny Slavich

I’ve got scars and stories and schooling in a degree program only accredited in heaven.

Aug 24, 2017

Sabotaging Satisfaction by Patrick Mitchell

Changing expectations is one of the most effective means for enjoying any experience, including the experience of pastoral ministry.

Aug 29, 2019

Preacher, Study the Text—But Also Study Your People by Sean DeMars

How can I help this member see and savor Jesus Christ? 

Nov 10, 2017

Pastor: You Are Appreciated by K.V. Paxton

We know He gives the growth and thus gets the glory, but He does see you, and He will reward you.

Jan 2

Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors by Garrett Kell

Being around the flock helps them see what our message looks like in real life.

Feb 2, 2018

Pastors: Play the Long Game and Keep Your Chins Up by Erik Raymond

Measuring the success of one’s service based primarily on what we can see is deceptive because most of the fruit in our ministry is in things that are unseen.

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.

Mar 28, 2018

Pastor Fear by Dayton Hartman

When you see Jesus correctly, the right response is fear. 

Aug 9, 2016

Pastor, Don't Forget Jesus by Jared Sparks

For a people prone to forget, Paul's words to Timothy are a stirring call to rememberance. The reminder that Christ is at the center of all of life and ministry is a drink of cool water to parched and thirsty souls.

Mar 22, 2019

John Calvin as an Intellectual Model for Pastor-Theologians by Jonathon Woodyard

The intellectual discipline exhibited by Calvin in his early years of study, and consistently displayed in his years of ministry in Geneva, is worth emulating. 

Oct 25, 2016

Imperfect Pens and Pastors by Andy Sabaka

Not once has God ever picked up a perfect church led by a perfect pastor to write his continuing story of redemption.

Oct 12, 2016

How to Pastor When You're Away by Jason Alligood

The only thing I could do was to depend on the Biblical pattern of elder plurality

Mar 1, 2017

How to Leave a Church by Adam McClendon

If you are a leader and you’ve led them thus far, lead them further by giving them some space to plan, pray, and get collected. 

May 22, 2019

How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue by Zack Eswine

When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help.

Feb 14, 2018

How Does a Man Know if He is Called to Pastoral Ministry? by Jonathan Hayashi

The call of pastoral ministry is completed only when the body of Christ affirm that call as a pastor. 

Dec 1, 2017

Help for the Beat-Up Pastor by Erik Raymond

Serve with the knowledge not that your ministry is unseen but rather that it is closely monitored by heaven.

Feb 13, 2017

Do You Pray For Your Competitors? by Adam McClendon

What if we refused to be threatened by our sister churches and instead committed to pray for them?

May 18, 2018

Don’t Leave Your Convictions Behind To Get Ahead by H.B. Charles, Jr.

I would not have been called to my current church if I had abandoned the convictions that caused that first church to reject me. 

Oct 22, 2018

Ditch the Kleenex and Let People Cry by Justin Buzzard

Next time someone opens up and cries in your presence, just sit there, listen, and watch what happens.

Feb 9, 2017

Diary of an Ex-Shepherd by Mike Leake

"First day on the job with the new flock. It isn’t the biggest or the healthiest flock in the world…but it’s mine. And I’m excited to see how they’ll grow."

May 22, 2019

Counsel For A Younger Me by Chris Thomas

My younger self wanted a voice, wanted a platform but was unwilling to invest in the character required by the gospel. 

Apr 17, 2019

Be Tender-Hearted and Thick-Skinned

How Humility Protects Pastors from Pastoral Burnout

Sheep have been known to bite their shepherd. How should pastors respond in the face of unjust criticism?

May 24, 2019

Being a Special Nobody by H.B. Charles, Jr.

David was anointed to sit on the throne. But he was appointed to sit among sheep. 

Jun 1, 2017

And the Survey Says... by Adam McClendon

Six things I was reminded of when I sought the congregation's feedback on my preaching.

Jul 18, 2018

9 Ways to Optimize Your Time Away by Jason K. Allen

While on vacation, I reflect on my life in every dimension, seek to identify personal weaknesses, and strive to strengthen them. 

Oct 10, 2018

6 Characteristics of a Successful Pastorate by Allen Nelson

Pastors must be able to teach sound doctrine and all that accords with it. 

Jul 17, 2019

5 Ways to Protect Your Eldership from “Yes Men” by Joshua Hedger

If a man is easily swayed, we are slow to consider him as an elder.

Mar 1, 2019

5 Confessions of a Preacher by Noe Garcia

I quickly learned that an unguarded heart leads to unfiltered preaching.

May 23, 2017

5 Characteristics of a Godly Leader by Adam McClendon

The church doesn't just need more leaders; it needs more leaders who are pursuing godliness.

Aug 10, 2016

3 Ways to Steward Your Own Failure by Michael Kelley

In our failure, we actually find opportunity to be defined by Jesus, grow in gratitude, and look to others.