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.
Make no mistake, this is not about the construction of churches using lifeless bricks and mortar but of people quickened by the Spirit, the joy set before Jesus Christ, for whom He endured death, even the death on the cross. This is part guidebook, part biographical sketch, and Dr. Abante draws from his ecclesiastical experience of over four decades to provide men called by God an easily readable, instantly edifying blueprint for starting churches that not only grow but also remain true and faithful to the work the Almighty commanded it to do. The enduring vitality of the International Bible Baptist Church and ministries, where Dr. Abante is the senior pastor, stands as an undeniable attestation of the effectiveness of Dr. Abante’s methods, particularly in obtaining the favor of God, from which comes all increase.
“An invaluable reference that ought to be within reach of every pastor and preacher of New Testament churches.”
- 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.
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.