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How do you teach a child, “What is a pastor?”

I once was asked to address a classroom filled with 4-6 year old children and try to explain to them what a pastor is and does.  I accepted, not because I felt I could do this well (far from it),

Posted in Home and Family, Hospital Visitation, Preaching

How does a pastor address his unnecessary speech fillers in prayers and sermons?

Umm…Lord we just…you know…(lip smack)…Father God…uhh…and we just…Father God…(lipsmack)…umm…Lord we just…uhh…(deep breath)… you know… Father God…umm…you know…that we all have them.  They come in different shapes, sizes, and expressions, but we all have them.  Those who claimed to have never

Posted in Preaching

How does a pastor evaluate the Sunday worship services and train young men for the ministry at the same time?

I have found there is a helpful way to evaluate the worship services of a particular Lord’s Day and train young men for this aspect of pastoral ministry at the same time.  It is something we call, “Service Review.” What

Posted in Preaching, Training for Ministry

What words should a pastor long to hear after conducting a funeral?

I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family.  This was one of those occasions.  I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.  When conducting a

Posted in Funerals, Preaching
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