What Should Pastors Share with Their Spouses? Guidelines for Venting

A husband and wife may go years and never step foot into each other's workplace, except for a holiday party or summer picnic. But the spouse of a pastor not only goes to her mate's place of work once or more times each week, a spouse is also expected to build her...

If You Use the Word “Multiply” When Setting Ministry Goals: A Piece of Advice

"What would it be like if you added one word to your stated ministry goal to multiply home groups?" "What is the word?" he asked. "Sustainable" I ventured. "To multiply sustainable home groups. Or," I continued, "To multiply relationally healthy home groups" or "To...

How do we Preach about Loving God?

As Pastors we know that Jesus teaches us to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37; Luke 10:27). But when we attempt to teach this love for God to others, we run into obstacles as ministry leaders. Why is this and what can we do? Pay...

Pastoring Ministry Volunteers, Part 3

A selfie culture can radically mis-shape the way American Christians think about using their gifts and volunteering in local churches. Let’s look at three selfie influences that damage volunteer teams and ministries.   The “It’s All or Nothing Selfie” “I’m not like...

The Decision-Making Triangle

When I was a boy, the dangerous mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle captured my attention. Sometimes a plane or boat would enter the Triangle only to barely and frightfully get through or to disappear altogether. The riddle of the Triangle remains illusive. As a...

Friendship: A Forgotten Remedy for the Stress and Fatigue of Ministry

 The Apostle Paul was physically and emotionally wore out. Fear thunderstormed his soul. Conflict awaited him. He had no rest. Rather than hide this fact, the Apostle gave voice to it.  As pastors, the idea of giving voice to the hurricane that batters against the...

Searching for Greatness in Ministry

This two-part audio series "Searching for Greatness in Ministry," is taken from Zack's recent visit with pastors and ministry leaders who participate in the Spurgeon Fellowship in Portland, Oregon.  Out of his daily life in local pastoral ministry, Zack seeks to...

Why are we Lonely in Ministry?

"Ah, look at all the lonely people," the band sang in the old song. "Where do they all come from?" This question hums with haunted melody, as the song searches out the lonely lives of a priest, his congregant and the church they both serve. Why is it that those who...

Pastoring Ministry Volunteers, Part 2

  In part one, we talked about how volunteers come with a story. This story shapes their expectations more than they realize. To pastor volunteers begins with managing expectations and helping future volunteers see the beauty as well as the difficulties they may...

Pastoring Ministry Volunteers, Part 1

  Unwisely, Santa offered a teddy bear to James, unaware that he had been mauled by a grizzly earlier that year. Receive an email titled, "concerned" or an invitation for dinner in order "to talk," and a seasoned pastor can suddenly resemble little James in the...

Video Series: How to Balance Work and Rest

Finding Rest When There Isn’t Any, 1
Finding Rest When There Isn’t Any, 2
The Pastor as Caregiver: Learning to Listen

The Errors of a Leader: Forgetting our Humanity

Ecclesiastes 10

What Makes a Great Pastor?

Crossway Pastoral Ministry Series

Why Pastors Need the Wisdom Literature of the Bible

What I Didn’t Learn in Seminary

 

 

Dr. Zach Eswine, Director of Homiletics and Adjunct Professor of Applied Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO delivers a special convocation lecture today.

Posted by Westminster Seminary California on Thursday, February 16, 2017
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