Assessing God’s Call To Ministry Externally And Internally

Here’s a quote from Charles Bridges’ book The Christian Ministry that addresses both the external and internal call to ministry. Bridges writes, The external call is a commission received from and recognized by the Church…not indeed qualifying the Minister, but accrediting him, whom God had internally and suitably qualified. This call communicates therefore only official authority.…

The How of Transitioning to an Elder-Led model

In a previous post we discussed the “why” of making a transition to an elder-led model. In this post we’ll share some insights, as well as some principles and practices that are indespensable in how you are to make such a transition. We have served in several churches over the last twelve years all of which were in…

How do you deal with criticism?

The longer I serve as a pastor the more I believe that the skill of dealing with criticism is absolutely necessary. Here’s a good word from Mark Altrogge who writes over at The Blazing Center a blog with several contributors that seek connect God’s truth to real life. Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to…

What one Senator taught me about the local church

Several years ago a friend of mine share with me about a discussion he had with a well-known Senator that I humbly believe has some relevance to the life of the church. The story goes that he was given the pretty cool assignment of escorting a Senator around the air show that the military base…