Two Crucial Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

As a husband, dad of four, pastor of a church, and Ph.D student (in that order!), people often ask me how they can pray for me. There must be something in my eyes that cries out, “Help!” Most of the time, my answer reflects whatever is most pressing on my mind at that moment. Busy…

8 Leadership Factors For Pastoral Ministry

These 8 descriptions of leadership factors for pastoral ministry are pure gold from Dave Harvey. However, I don’t subscribe to a belief that a pastor or any other leader in the church has to embrace all of these but 1) they should certainly possess some of them and 2) that same leader, if they’re competent…

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.…