Therefore, the author has penned those procedures from the Called into the Ministry to the First two years of the Pastorate.
There are many books for the young minister that address what to do once the church calls a pastor, but there are very few books that give instructions on what to do in order to acquire a church.
This book not only focuses on the young ministers, but also may be helpful for the veteran preachers who have been in the ministry for some period of time never pastoring a church. The author covers eight chapters in this book:
I. The Call To The Ministry
1)The pastoral ministry is a calling
2)What is meant by the called
II. Pray For Spiritual Guidance
1)The aspiration to pastor
3)The importance of mentoring
III. Submitting A Resume/Philosophy Of Ministry/Be Professional
1)The letter of intention
2)Things to submit to the pastoral search committee
3)Example of a complete (pastor’s) resume
4)A concept of leadership
5)The visionary/philosophy of ministry statement
IV. The Pastoral Interview
1)How to dress/what to do in an interview
2)The two types of interviews
3)The personal application
4)Questions for pastoral search committee
V. The Invitation To Preach
1)You have made it pass the interview process
2)What to preach
3)How should you dress
4)Who will accompany you to the church
VI. The Pastor’s Compensation
1)Negotiating the pastor’s salary
VII. The Letter Of Acceptance
1)I will accept the position of pastor
2)Sample letter of acceptance
VIII.The First Two Years At Your New Church
1)The honeymoon years
2)The do’s and don’ts of the new pastor
3)The installation service
4)Sample of a pastoral installation service
5)Can you produce
6)Ministering to the needs of the people
7)The new pastor relating to his board of directors
8)How do you handle troublemakers
9)Preaching that get results
10)The pastor compared to another pastor
11)The days of trouble for the pastor
12)The pastor being an example to his congregation
13)The pastor and funerals
14)The counseling ministry of the pastor
15)The counseling rules for the pastor
16)How to properly resign a church
17)Sample letter of resignation
18)The final rewards for the pastor
It is the author’s prayer that those who read this book will gain some knowledge about how to accept a church. May the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
Grace, Love, and Peace,
Roy Wade, Sr., D.Min.
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.
If you are considering the ministry, there are two mistakes to avoid. The first is taking up a calling that isn’t yours. The second is neglecting one that is.
Discerning Your Call to Ministry will help you know the difference. A tool for seminary students, pastors-in-training, and even current pastors, it serves to confirm or prompt deep thought about the calling to ministry through 10 probing questions, including:
Pastoral dropout rates are high, and seminary admission rates are declining—signs that many of us don’t quite know what we’re signing ourselves up for. Author Jason Allen, a former pastor and the president of North America’s fastest growing seminary, gives readers a better picture of the calling. Presenting a series of diagnostic questions informed by Scripture, church history, and his own experience, he helps those seeking ordination or ministry positions make confident decisions about their service to God, one way or the other.
- which ministry role most suits them
- how to start out strong at a new church
- persevering during difficult seasons of ministry
- leading meetings and delegating tasks
- safeguarding their family
- fighting discouragement, pastor envy, and a lack of contentment
- navigating special ministry needs, such as hospitals, weddings, and funerals
- and much more
Through his hard-won wisdom, Jason Helopoulos comes alongside new pastors as a trusted friend and mentor, ready to guide them through their first years of ministry with intelligence and compassion.
How does it look different from other churches? More importantly, how does it act differently, especially in society? Many of us aren't sure how to answer those questions, even though we probably have some preconceived idea. But with this book, you don't have to wonder any more.
Author Mark Dever seeks to help believers recognize the key characteristics of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, and a right understanding of the gospel. Dever then calls us to develop those characteristics in our own churches. By following the example of New Testament authors and addressing church members from pastors to pew sitters, Dever challenges all believers to do their part in maintaining the local church. What Is a Healthy Church? offers timeless truths and practical principles to help each of us fulfill our God-given roles in the body of Christ.
Satan declared war against the kingdom of God long ago. As we approach
the end-times of the last days he is stepping up these attacts. He is attacking
God's pastors, his sheep and the proclamation of the gospel. The author
challenges every pastor to look within their heart where Jesus lives as the
living word of God. He challenges them to build an intimate relationship
with him as he reveals himself in the bible the written word of God and in
their personal lives. Here are some additional challenges from the book:
We must fully cooperate with Jesus as he breaks us of our own will, ego and pride.
We must cooperate with Jesus as he works his love and power in us and through us
to care for, teach ,train and lead his sheep into the end-time gospel harvest.
We must spend much time in prayer, worship and fellowship with Jesus the living
word of God in the bible the written word of God. It is there where Jesus speaks
to us, builds our faith and gives us our daily instructions. Jesus is alive in us! He
wants to do his shepherding, training and warfare work through us!
Jesus is recruiting us as generals in his end-time army. The time has come to
transition out of a spiritual civilian lifestyle into the lifestyle of a spiritual soldier
We must recruit faithful and reliable men that we can help Jesus disciple and lead
into the great end-time harvest of souls with him.The time is short! The time is
now! Let's choose to take it with Jesus!
Women have dug out churches, cleaned them, closed them and built them. They were visionaries, ground-breakers, pathfinders, the bridges that brought us over, trend-setters, armor-bearers, leaders, agents for change and disciples. They cooked, cried, sang, marched, testified, organized, did the holy dance, counseled, and prayed while everybody else slept. They carried the "work" on their bare knuckles, tear drops, hips, lips and hearts.
In the pages of this delightful book filled with powerful scriptural revelation, candor, insight and instruction, Elaine Rose Penn delivers a challenge to women called to the gospel ministry to be true to their femininity, and adhere to a high standard of excellence and accountability in the conduct of their service to Christ.