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Church Planter: Which Core Team-Member Do You Need to Know Best before You Plant?

The answer of course, is you. You need to know you the best before you even think about planting a church. If you don’t, you’re heading for a fall. Unless you know who YOU are, you could be headed for disaster. I was asked that question this very morning about what a planter needs to know about the core team, and my answer was simply that. Unless you know who YOU are before you go through the tough, beautiful, difficult, precious process of planting a church, then you could be headed for disaster. Yet, as activists and optimists, so many...

Ten Reasons to Persevere in Gospel Ministry

It is widely acknowledged that there is something of a current crisis in the evangelical church. Too many are dropping out of pastoral ministry and seeking to do something else. This is a tragic situation that must be urgently addressed. Too many are dropping out of pastoral ministry and seeking to do something else. This is a tragic situation. To be fair, there are a number of legitimate reasons why this might occur. [1] And I don’t want to discount the validity of an individual’s personal decision. But as I am presently preaching through Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians,...

Is Your Church Raising Up People for Gospel and Bible Ministry? If Not, Why Not?

Let me prompt you to reflection and action … Question: Where will the next generation of ministers, pastors, leaders of local churches come from? Where will future evangelists, youth workers, and families’ workers come from? Where will we find the next generation of missionaries? Where will we find chaplains for schools, prisons, and hospitals? Where will we find future ministers for your church and other churches? Answer: Your church, and other churches like your church! When I was working at Ridley College, people from local churches would contact us because they wanted to appoint a youth worker or minister. We...

Fight for Your Pastor

I was struck by a tweet I read recently by a Christian author: I’ve had 28 Pastor friends resign this year. Almost all of them are transitioning to a new vocation. What is occurring?[1] That’s just one tweet (from the US) but it resonates with my experience. In my position as a lecturer in a theological college, I know hundreds of men and women who have gone through college and are now in pastoral ministry and many of those are struggling in some way or another. Some are at the point of quitting ministry all together. I know hundreds of...

Guarding the Flock

The last ten years have shown it is possible to be a Christian preacher with global influence, to have authored widely read books, to head an internationally recognized ministry, to be a household name among evangelicals, to be a leader of leaders—and yet to be a sexual predator or a narcissistic bully. Or perhaps both. The offences have been diabolical, the falls precipitous, the harm incalculable. It is possible to be a Christian preacher with global influence … and yet to be a sexual predator or a narcissistic bully. Jesus warns us of false prophets garbed as sheep. Paul similarly...

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