Ministry Life

The Work of the Pastor

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By Darryl Dash I love learning from old, faithful pastors. We’re often drawn to the young and charismatic. I’m learning we need the veterans who served and finished well. William Still was such a pastor. He served for forty years (1945 until shortly before his death in 1997) in Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. Still gave five lectures on pastoral ministry in 1964 and 1965, which became the basis for his book The Work of the Pastor. Still has a…

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Eight Reasons Long-Term Pastors Still Fall

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By Chuck Lawless We all know stories of long-term pastors – leaders who’ve been in the ministry for years – who still fall morally. We grieve when we hear the stories, and we wonder how it can happen to ministry veterans. Based on my studies of how Satan attacks leaders, here are some reasons even long-term pastors fall. “Success” leads them to let their guard down. The more “successful” pastors are, the easier it is to assume, “That will never happen…

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8 Reasons I Still Love Ministry

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By Chuck Lawless Yesterday, I posted about what to do when church work just hurts. Today, here are some the reasons I still love ministry, even when it’s tough. For whatever reason, God has called us to this task. Why He chooses to use any of us—particularly me—is beyond my comprehension. It’s humbling, overwhelming, and gratifying at the same time. What we do has eternal significance. Every day, I know that what God allows me to do matters. Even the hard conversations and actions…

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Five Truths About Discipleship That Make an Impact

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2 Timothy 2:1-2 – You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. I just attended a coaching workshop with 20 other pastors at the Ridge Baptist Association. I was reminded just how important it is to invest our lives in others. As a pastor, part of my responsibility is…

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Preaching From the Shadows: Bring Depression into the Light, not the Spotlight

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By Dave Barringer If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times. From face-to-face to messages sent to me. “Stop giving your depression power by admitting you have it. The more you talk about it, the more power it has over you.” As a pastor of a larger congregation, I recognize the gravity of my influence. With my title, my church, and my social media following, whether I like it or not, people put “weight” to my opinions….

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