• What advice would you give to the successor to a senior pastor? Question and Answer

    Honor your predecessor. Show love and respect, even though you may want to do things differently. He owns the hearts of those people. If you don’t show him honor, you’re going to lose the people who love him, and those are the people you’re going to depend on for the future of that church. So, the more honor you show to your predecessor, the more love you show to him, the more respect you show to him, the more you will move those people from loving him to loving you. … View Resource

  • Am I called to be a pastor? Question and Answer

    1 Timothy 3:1-7

    First of all, Paul says that if a man desires that office, he desires a noble work (1 Tim. 3:1). But the test in 1 Timothy 3 is necessary: Is he qualified? The church lays those qualifications down and affirms, and then the elders lay hands on that individual. It starts with a desire of the heart. If your heart desires to be pastor, it’s confirmed by the leadership of the church that you have the character qualifications and the skill to teach, and there is fruitfulness when you do teach, then that’s the direction you go. We don’t have … View Resource

  • How do I know if I’m being called to be a pastor? Question and Answer

    It’s not simply a matter of gifting. It’s not simply a matter of an internal feeling of that call. And it’s not simply a matter of having the right education. A lot of times people feel called, and maybe that’s attested to by the demonstration and use of their gifts in the local church. Then they go to Bible college, or seminary, or both, and they say: “Well, now I’ve done it. I’ve spent all these years in Bible college and seminary. I’ve done all that I need to do—I’ve done an internship, I’ve come under care of a church, … View Resource

  • Do you have any advice for new ministers in the Bible Belt surrounded by charismatic influence? Question and Answer

    The one thing I would say in a local church situation is to make sure your focus is on the person, ministry, and work of Christ. If folks really are the Lord’s sheep, Jesus assures us that they’ll hear His voice. As we do that, those prejudices, and often that focus on the Holy Spirit that actually diverts people away from what Christ has done and who Christ is, in the Lord’s people does begin to dissolve. They realize that actually they’ve been doing almost the reverse of what Jesus says the Holy Spirit would come to do. Jesus says, … View Resource

  • How do you know if God has called you to be a pastor? Question and Answer

    1 Timothy 1:6

    When Paul is reflecting on young Timothy who has been called to the ministry, he says to him in 2 Timothy 1:6, “Fan into flame the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.” I think there are three elements there that help us to recognize a call to the ministry. And a call to the ministry can come in very different ways. One of them is that God has gifted us. Another is that, beginning to recognize those gifts, the church begins to make room for them. And so there is a recognition … View Resource