What is an essential message for every modern day pastor?

I have known Mark Dever almost 20 years.  This may be the most important word I have ever heard him publicly give.  Every modern day pastor needs to listen and take it to heart:

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

How does a pastor embrace his own weakness?

New Trench Talk Podcast Episode:

“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

– 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

Listen as Pastor Brian Croft unpacks this text and applies the principle of weakness to the pastor’s life. Brian shares his experience of his own weakness and the impact this has on his ministry.

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Posted in The Pastor's Soul

What Is Christ’s Grand Vision for his Church?

A New Article By: Bob Kellemen

As I consult for local churches, I repeatedly hear the concern that “our church seems to be going in a million different directions.” We need a biblical vision that perceives the grand story God is writing and our role in it as His church. This starts as we understand the résumé of pastors and of God’s people.

In Ephesians 4:11-16, Paul highlights the Bible’s most powerful, focused vision statement for the church. This passage offers God’s ministry description for church leaders and for every member. By distilling the essence of God’s call, Christ’s vision captures our imagination and motivates the shift in ministry mindset that changes everything.

8 Words Describing Every Pastors Calling from Christ: The Résumé of Pastors

Most pastoral search committees would be thrilled to read a candidate’s résumé that demonstrated the ability to preach, counsel, and administrate. Most seminaries would be delighted if graduate exit interviews indicated that pastoral ministry students perceived that their seminary training equipped them for preaching, counseling, and administrating. Being equipped to do the work of the ministry seems to be everyone’s ideal goal for church leaders.

Continue reading the full article here…

Posted in Discipleship, Training for Ministry, Uncategorized

How does a pastor get motivated to train and send out his best from his church?

I hear from pastors and churches all the time who struggle to train and send people into the ministry.  The biggest hindrance they share is that they do not want to raise up, train, then send their best people to go serve somewhere else.  I get this.  It is hard to send out your best.

This random email I received last week from one of my best just sent to be a pastor a year ago captures well why it is still worth it, although it is very difficult to see them go.

Brian,

I just wanted to send you quick email letting you know how much I appreciate all the time/energy you invested into me and my future ministry.  It’s amazing how much I rely on the things I learned from you during my time at ABC.  Just recently I ministered through my first two funerals, and I would have been lost without your guidance, both from your book and the two funerals you brought me along to see.  (Our conversations and the section of your book that walked through the conversations with the family before the funeral were especially helpful.)

I thought you might like to hear some feedback from someone almost 1 year graduated from your instruction and guidance.  I prayed for you, your family, and ABC today, and was just appreciating the many, many ways that God grew me through my time with you all.  Be encouraged that the work you are doing, investing in young guys preparing for ministry, is worthwhile – even though you may not hear that very often.  

Thank you for being such a godly example to me and my family, and if you guys need anything, never forget that we are here and love you.

I get it.  It is hard to invest and train leaders, then send them out.  It is hard to deeply love others only to let them go.  But I am reminded in encouraging notes like this that despite the real personal loss pastors and churches feel, it is still worth sending them.  Pastors, pour yourself into young men and women.  Train them.  Raise them up.  Send them out.  Prepare for the blessings to come to you and your church as you share in the mighty ways God uses those sent out from your midst to build his kingdom.
Posted in Discipleship, Training for Ministry
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