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.
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.
First, spiritual change does not come easily and is often preceded by conflict, as well as strife as believers strive to recognize their own internal struggle. Morton argues that “ground zero” for any spiritual change first happens within.
Second, spiritual change must happen at wider level. It requires the members of the community as a whole to shift their thinking, restructure the desires of their hearts, and restore their souls to the point of being one with God.
Third, once the community experiences spiritual change, the gate is open for the final step—spiritual growth. This essential step not only results in enriched, progressive intimacy with God, but it also has a lingering effect that fosters and begins the cycle anew in others who desire that same intimacy. In essence, spiritual change eventually becomes a spiritual trait that gets handed down to future generations.
The Seven Essentials of Successful Pastoral Ministry is an invitation to look deep into the heart of the successful pastor who mounts the pulpit on the Lord’s Day to speak of the unsearchable riches of Christ.
It affords the reader opportunity to contemplate more than the contents of a sermon or the mechanics of preaching, but to carefully and prayerfully view the inner workings of the pastor’s soul. None would disagree with the suggestion that what a person is outruns, outspeaks, and outlasts what a person says.
The Chief Shepherd said it clearly: “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man [or woman] brings good things out of the good stored up in him.” That good man can be the pastor. That pastor must be that good man.
Well, Jesus has a very personal gift that He has hand-picked just for you. That gift is your pastor, given in love to help you mature in Christ. Now it's up to you to honor the Giver by accepting that gift.
In this book, author Judy Wilder teaches you how to do just that. You will learn from the Word:
- Just how important Jesus' gift of a pastor is in your life.
- How to "unwrap" your gift by scripturally receiving your pastor.
- How to enjoy the fullness of God's benefits as you love and esteem the ministry of this precious gift!
The principle that guided the architects of the Lectionary in selecting the second readings in the Sunday Lectionary was that the readings should be short and easily understood. The second readings were intended to be an independent, semi-continuous reading of the letters attributed to Paul and James, with selections from Peter and Revelation. Pilch explains that, because the readings were shortened, their brevity has deprived readers of sufficient context to interpret the text-segment in a responsible way. To help people make sense of such high-context documents, Pilch provides in The Cultural World of the Apostles a broader literary context for each reading.
John J, Pilch, PhD, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University. His book, The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible won The Catholic Press Association Award for 2000. His other The Liturgical Press publications include The Cultural World of Jesus series,The Triduum and Easter Sunday: Breaking Open the Scriptures, Choosing a Bible Translation, Galatians and Romans in The Collegeville Bible Commentary, and articles in The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, The Collegeville Pastoral Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and The Bible Today.