One of the most important tasks in a pastor’s ministry is one of the most neglected: Going to hospitals to care for the sick and dying. It has practically become a lost art in the younger generations of pastors. Why is this?
Twenty minutes ago, I had been in my office neck deep in my studies. Now, I found myself being asked to pray a final prayer over a dying, non-Christian woman in front of her husband and fifteen to twenty non-Christian family members hanging onto some miracle with my prayer.
Week after week, I saw the things I was supposed to be doing getting squeezed out of my schedule because there were urgent demands on my time. Above all else, the one task that seemed to get squeezed out most was...
Knowing we are not God and cannot see the heart, I believe there are still evidences we can see and know to help us discern the conversion of a child or teenager in a similar way we try to do with adults.
When I took a dying church on its last leg over 8 years ago, I did not know what to expect or whether we would even be a church the next year. By God’s grace, the church has grown, changed, matured and stabilized in a way that has surpassed my expectations.
You may call it something different, but every pastor knows about it. It is the mental, emotional, and spiritual crash that takes place the next day (Monday) as a result of pouring your heart and soul out in the proclamation of God’s Word to God’s people the day before.
I once was asked to address a classroom filled with 4–6 year old children and try to explain to them what a pastor is and does. I accepted, not because I felt I could do this well (far from it), but the challenge of it intrigued me.
This controlling posture in the church can easily be camouflaged as faithfulness and zeal to labor hard in the work of the ministry. However, it eventually leads to two common results: burn out and family neglect.
As this question has forced its way on the scene as a result of our growing technological advances—so have strong opinions on this matter. Here is a basic template for every pastor to consider in determining the kind of means we should use as we seek to minister God’s word to God’s people.
While I was in Zambia, I missed a very important funeral and a sudden open heart surgery of one of our elderly members. Because of this, my time in Zambia reminded me of the importance of my “motto” for pastoral ministry:
The answer to this question largely depends on the kind of pastor you are, the quality of preacher you are, and the kind of congregation you serve. In light of this, here are a few principles that might help you answer this question in your particular context.
You move to a new area. You get settled at your new residence and job. You get the kids settled in school. Where you settle in a local church often times becomes a longer, more drawn out task. After checking out all the churches you desire to visit, here are four questions to ask yourself as you narrow the search to make a decision.