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How does a man discern his call to ministry as it becomes more romanticized in our culture?

I was interviewed by Dave Harvey about pastoral ministry on his excellent website Am I Called?  In this first of two parts, Dave asks me about how pastoral ministry is getting romanticized and how to combat that with the true

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

Should a pastor be discouraged about his small church?

I get it.  I pastor what most would say is a small church (about 100 members).  I feel the pressure from certain voices in the American evangelical movement that something is wrong as a result.  For other pastors like me who are

Posted in Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What are ten characteristics I look for in an aspiring pastor?

Scripture must first be our guide when evaluating a young man’s desire for pastoral ministry (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).  This blueprint needs to then be evaluated by the young man’s desire for the work (internal calling),

Posted in The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

Should a pastor take a day off every week?

Here is my simple and straightforward answer…yes.  No caveats.  No disclaimers.   Just, yes.  Here are a few reasons I feel so strongly about this: 1) Sunday is a work day for a pastor I know it is the Lord’s Day. 

Posted in The Pastor's Soul
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