It requires patience to lead a congregation to see itself as body, family, temple, and bride—not an optional religious organization to make them feel better about themselves.
Phil A. Newton planted and has served as pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, since 1987. Phil and his wife, Karen, have five children and six grandchildren. He is the author of several books including Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals with Brian Croft (Zondervan), Elders in the Life of the Church with Matt Schmucker (Kregel), and most recently, The Mentoring Church: How Pastors and Congregations Cultivate Leaders (Kregel).
Jesus calls us to delight in the mundane for his glory and to reflect his heart to serve. How does service reorder our lives?
Quite simply, we’re all grieved over church planters failing—not at planting, but at living holy lives, and thus faltering at finishing well and honoring Christ above all.
Who will pastor the pastors? Who helps the pastors maintain steadiness in walking with Christ? Who sharpens them when dulled? Who cares for them when hurting?
International mission work, by God’s providence, is no longer just international.
Be sure that a transition to a plurality of elders unites the congregation under God’s Word instead of dividing the congregation over opinions.
Good shepherding takes place in the steadiness of feeding, nurturing, caring, and watching out for the flock.
Nothing in seminary can quite get the young pastor completely ready for everything he will face in his first year.
Should I pause my expository preaching on holidays?