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  • Ministry for the Long Haul by Michael Osborne

    The cry of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19:4 is familiar to many people in ministry: I’ve had enough, Lord. Why was Elijah so distraught? Hadn’t he just witnessed astonishing displays of God’s power at Mount Carmel (1 Kings …Read More

  • The Head of the Church by Guy Waters

    What comes to mind when you hear the phrase the head of the church? Some may think of the pope in Rome. Others may think of an influential pastor or a board of elders. Still others may think of denominational …Read More

  • Training Pastors by Iver Martin

    How important is your pastor’s training? If we believe in having ministers who preach, teach, and relate to the varied and many needs within our congregations, thorough training, as with any profession, is indispensable. Yet, for a variety of reasons, …Read More

  • The Essential Marks of a Preacher by Jason Allen

    How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). With airtight logic, the Apostle Paul sets forth the indispensable human link in fulfilling the Great Commission—the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In so doing, he instructs us in …Read More

  • Overcoming Pride in Ministry by Eric Watkins

    Few things are more dangerous in the life of the church than prideful leaders. Some of the most difficult issues many churches encounter revolve around men who feel entitled to the office of deacon, elder, or pastor. Most of my …Read More

  • Ministry in the Capital: An Interview with Mark Dever by Mark Dever

    Tabletalk: How did Capitol Hill Baptist Church begin, and how were you called to minister there? Mark Dever: In 1867, Celestia Ferris, chief washer-woman at the Bureau of Engraving, started a prayer meeting on Capitol Hill. By 1876, this prayer …Read More

  • Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying by Burk Parsons

    As a pastor, I spend much of my time out in the community, and I meet new people every week. When people inquire what I do for a living, I tell them I am a pastor. At that point I …Read More

  • Boots on the Ground by Samuel Larsen

    In the West, globalization has attracted much attention. One result of globalization has been the movement of ethnicities across national boundaries, bringing great opportunities to reach people groups in our own backyards. Ministries among international students and growing immigrant populations …Read More

  • The Ordinary Christian Pastor by Erik Raymond

    When you read the word ordinary, what do you think of? Common synonyms include unimpressive, typical, normal, and common. As soon as you attach these synonyms to a noun, you will draw conclusions: My day was typical. The movie was …Read More

  • Encourage Leaders with Faithful Graciousness by Jared Wilson

    It is hard to pin down what is difficult about pastoral ministry for people unfamiliar with it. Many laypeople see their pastor once or twice a week during Lord’s Day worship or a church activity. A few may see him …Read More

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