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Pastoral Ministry

What would Spurgeon tweet?

4 tips from the famous preacher on handling controversy.

What your elders wish you knew, but are reluctant to tell you

The joy of serving as an undershepherd of the Chief Shepherd is all the greater when shared with other called and qualified men.

Letter to a pastor struggling with his call to ministry

I can assure you that you’re not the first pastor to wrestle with the question of whether you’re really called to pastoral ministry.

Episode 10: JT English on training and equipping in the local church

Dr. York sits down with JT English, Pastor of the Village Church Institute in Dallas, TX, to discuss training and equipping in the local church.

Episode 9: Bob Russell on preaching, pastoring, and ministry that endures

Dr. York sits down with Bob Russell (author, former pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY) to discuss preaching, pastoring, and ministry that endures.

Where a desperate small-town pastor found hope

In ministry, God lets us grow hungry so we realize how desperately we need him.

How much should a pastor tell his wife?

Remember, she is your wife, not your fellow pastor.

How do you handle a ‘church disrupter’?

Church disrupters are dangerous. Learn how to spot them — and how to deal with them.

10 priorities for the busy pastor

A pastor’s true calling is to shepherd the souls of God’s people humbly, willingly, and eagerly.

6 encouragements for introverted church leaders

Even as an introvert, when I realize that Christ has taken the initiative to reach out to me in love, then I can find the strength to initiate conversations with strangers.

10 challenges you’ll face in ministry

Leading God’s people is unlike any other task in the world — which is why it requires a calling of the Spirit, and not merely training for a job.

3 reasons your church should be all about numbers

I would argue that the number of people who come to Christ and join your church should be of great concern. I believe you should care how many people are on your membership list — down to the very last one.

Good eschatology can keep a pastor from burnout

If we’re to endure faithfully in pastoral ministry, we need to remember that we’re leading the church in a time of tension — between the already and the not-yet.

Humility can help a pastor avoid burnout

If you are a pastor, criticism comes with the territory.

When should a pastor say no to a wedding?

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.

Pastoral ministry is the weightiest of callings

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.

Seven habits of long-term pastors

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.