God’s people are called to a togetherness and commitment that transcends all natural boundaries—whether ethnic, generational, or economic. But such a community can be enjoyed only when it relies on the power of God in the gospel.
In The Compelling Community, pastors Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop cast a captivating vision for authentic fellowship in the local church that goes beyond small groups. Full of biblical principles and practical advice, this book will help pastors lead their congregations toward the kind of community that glorifies God, edifies his people, and attracts the lost.
No one is ever fully prepared for the ministry. For pastors just starting out, those needing a little rebalancing, or those growing tired in the trenches, a short guide to the basics is a welcome relief.
In On Pastoring, H. B. Charles gives 30 instructive reflections on the pastor’s heart, leadership, and public ministry, covering topics like:Cultivating personal godlinessPrioritizing your familyGuarding your ministry effectivenessPlanning, preparing, and preaching sermonsBalancing pastoral roles and duties
Being a pastor means wearing many hats, weathering lots of pressure, and bearing great responsibility. Let H. B. Charles be a trusted advisor as you do the serious work of shepherding a flock of God.
Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. Some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, while others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making decisions?
In the Pastor’s Ministry, pastor and author Brian Croft looks to the Scriptures to determine the top ten priorities for a faithful pastoral ministry. These biblically rooted responsibilities help pastors determine how to spend their time and with greater discernment respond to the demands of the church. Each of these priorities is rooted in a direct command of God’s Word, including:Guarding the Truth Preaching and Teaching the Word Praying for the Flock Setting an Example Visiting the Sick Comforting the Grieving Caring for Widows Confronting Sin Encouraging the Faint-Hearted Identifying and Training Other Leaders
To be successful and faithful in pastoral ministry, every pastor needs to understand these core callings and make them part of his regular practice. These ten responsibilities guide how a pastor schedules his time, helping him to lay the foundation for a biblically faithful ministry in his church.
What can change a church? God can do it through you! . . . and perhaps this manual will prepare you to help with the healing.
Don’t give up or drop out until you have read this book carefully. Members should urge their pastors to read this book. Pastors should urge members to read it.
compelling critique of the organized Christian Church. He highlights
and explains the primary cause of most of the spiritual apathy which
have characterized local churches since the Fourth Century. The root
cause involves a fundamental change in church pastoral ministry which
the author believes has produced disastrous spiritual results through
The author portrays the young Christian Church in its first three
centuries as prospering spiritually in spite of severe persecution.
These early believers met informally in homes as to nurture and disciple
each other, and enthusiastically evangelized everyone they met.
Understandably, Satan was not happy. To frustrate and checkmate this
spiritual vitality, the Devil devised a clever strategy. He took
advantage of church leaders' willful disobedience of Biblical teaching.
Read Churchianity and become acquainted with Satan's strategy
and its success in transforming the vigor and enthusiasm of the Early
Christian into the tragedy and sadness of ""spectator Christianity"",
and consider and evaluate the author’s solution for restoring lay
biblical pastoral ministry in local churches.
In this third edition, readers will find material on the importance of healthy, biblical change in our churches, updated appendixes, insight on our postmodern ministry context, and strategies for reaching new population demographics such as Generations X and Y.
Pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters will find the information and advice found in this book invaluable as they carry out their ministries.