We should always sit at the feet of older, more seasoned pastors, and learn from their mistakes. Often, the implications of a wedding don’t show up for years, sometimes even decades.
If a leader has all of the following seven traits, it is likely that leader will lead the congregation to greater health.
Don’t respond to opposition with that toxic blend of fear and anger. Respond with grace and truth.
We will probably never see another Billy Graham. We may never even see another ministry like his was.
When ethical and moral imperatives are proclaimed as sufficient, even abstracted from Jesus, the result is a crossless Christianity in which the central message becomes an exhortation to live according to God’s rules.
We must be willing to suffer, to give our all for Christ, to persevere until the end in order to obtain the final reward.
Every serious pastor labors under a heavy weight. This is not belly-aching or an embellishment, but rather this is the reality of being a pastor.
There’s never a “good” time to plant. You’ll always find valid, even logical reasons for putting it off.
We need to be vigilant for the truth and to defend the faith. At the same time, we need to be careful about drawing lines too tightly.
If you can’t make time to meet God through the Bible and prayer now, it’s very unlikely you will when (if) life does slow down.
A wife’s fulfillment of her role will be one of the evidences of perseverance in the faith.
Our hearts determine how we respond to change because the heart is mission control center for human functioning.
Pastor, you are a Christian first. If you did not carry out your calling effectively, rest in the finished work of Christ and in the knowledge that you are a child of God by faith alone.
In May of 1792, William Carey powerfully argued that the clear teaching of the New Testament was that Christ had accomplished everything necessary for the ingathering of the nations.
In my prayers, I rarely fail to be grateful for God’s saving grace in Christ, but I realized that I seldom thank him for the daily grace that keeps me saved.
These habits are not unique to long-tenured pastors. But they do seem to be most consistent among those pastors who have been at one church for at least ten years.
Only a life fully exposed to God’s Word and soaking in the community of Christ can bring to light the mess our social media feeds seek to avoid, and properly develop our growth in Christlikeness.
The first five years were brutal. There were three different movements to get me fired. In the midst of all the hostility and adversity, God was still building his church.