When you understand it properly, the doctrine of vocation--"doing everything for God's glory"--is not a platitude or an outdated notion. This principle that we vaguely apply to our lives and our work is actually the key to Christian ethics, to influencing our culture for Christ, and to infusing our ordinary, everyday lives with the presence of God. For when we realize that the "mundane" activities that consume most of our time are "God's hiding places," our perspective changes.
Culture expert Gene Veith unpacks the biblical, Reformation teaching about the doctrine of vocation, emphasizing not what we should specifically do with our time or what careers we are called to, but what God does in and through our callings--e ... more
From experienced minister Dr. Ronnie Floyd comes this practical guide to ministry for pastors. Dr. Floyd has over 19 years experience as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale and pastor of The Church at Pinnacle Hill in Rogers, AR-- churches with a combined membership of 16,000. His insightful advice comes from years of practical ministry experience and is essential for anyone going into ministry. Dr. Floyd goes beyond the realm of faith into the realistic day-to-day challenges and conflicts of church leadership.
From pitfalls to avoid to habits to cultivate, Dr. Floyd's guidance is appropriate and timely. With the moral and ethical conflicts that continue to cause those in the ministry to stumbl ... more
Without consulting one another, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews have all moved toward more involvement of the people -- all people -- in worship. We want to claim worship as our own. We want to sing, chant, speak, and even direct and organize our liturgies, rather than let a privileged clerical class do it for us.
The author describes how one becomes a pastor by nurturing and growing six core competencies. He identifies and defines these skills in the book, and offers practical strategies for developing these competencies within one's own context of ministry.
Eugene Peterson issues a provocative call for pastors to abandon their preoccupation with image and standing, administration, success, and economic viability, and to return to the three basic acts critical to the pastoral ministry: praying, reading Scripture, and giving spiritual direction.
A guide to both sides of the candidate process that maximizes the potential for a ministry "marriage" that will last. Valuable appendices help with selection of the search committee and self-evaluations for congregation and candidate.
Clergy and other professional religious caregivers routinely find that parishioners and clients expect from them a level of empathy and unconditional love that is literally superhuman -- that embodies God's love. Many of these caregivers expect no less of themselves. Too often, people burn out trying to meet these expectations, and sometimes they damage themselves and others in the process. In this book, Edward P. Wimberly helps religious caregivers renew themselves by making a powerful reconnection with their original call to ministry. He enables readers to reclaim and examine their own stories -- about themselves as individuals, as family members, and as ministers -- stories that have become obscured by myths about who ... more
Analyzes what a call is, provides many examples of how others have received the call, considers the different kinds of ministry opportunities, and offers advice on how to proceed once one discerns a calling from God.
Thousands of ministers burn out every year; others fall prey to sexual temptation. With piercing honesty, Leaders that Last dismantles stale stereotypes about pastors and offers hope for handling their recurring, daily struggles. Coauthored by a minister who admits to struggling with periodic bouts of depression, this practical resource offers a hopeful message for pastors of every denomination. Serving a church is a lonely business, no matter how big the congregation. A pastor is expected to be nearly perfect, modeling holiness, generosity, and kindness. In need of moral and emotional support, pastors often try to go it alone, satisfied with a collection of acquaintances but no true friends. Starting a Pastors in Covena ... more