February 7, 2018

Dan Hallock, pastor of Cedarhome Baptist Church in Stanwood, Washington, recently wrote this to his key leaders. A great example of helping your leaders create a church culture that is hospitable, loving, and sticky!

Hello Church Leaders!

I praise God that we’ve had many...

July 7, 2017

Pastors are protectors. God's people, His sheep, are in constant need of protection. Read these important words for Pastor-shepherds from Acts 20:28-30:

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseer.  Be shepherds of the chu...

May 8, 2017

To senior adults, I’m a young pastor—but I used to be much younger!  I’m 44 years old, having been in ministry since I was 20 as a music and youth pastor; and I’ve served as a senior/lead pastor since I was 31.  I’ve shared this before, but I’ve actually had people whe...

May 1, 2017

I knew exactly who I was going to ask to read the scripture for that Sunday.  She has a willing heart.  She’s comfortable reading in front of others.  And she comes from a Jewish family.  All of these, and especially the last, are huge advantages when the scripture rea...

April 11, 2017

Eight Ways for Younger Pastors to Minister to Older Church Members:

1) Take an interest in knowing your older church members personally.  Older people want to know whether you actually care about them, or whether you plan to cater your ministry to young people and leave...

January 18, 2017

We may wonder which is intrinsically more important for the pastor—preaching or leading.  Charles Jefferson says, “We sometimes hear it said of a minister: ‘He is a good pastor, but he cannot preach.’ The sentence is self-contradictory. No man can be a good pastor who...

August 26, 2016

If there is one image that we see throughout all of Scripture to describe the role of a pastor, it is that of shepherd. As pastors, we are called to shepherd the flock of God. Period.

The most basic function and responsibility of a biblical pastor and shepherd is to KNO...

August 22, 2016

The Lord has called pastors to lead with a heart like his. Just as our Heavenly Father is indeed the ultimate Shepherd of His flock, so churches are in desperate need of under-shepherds who capture and flesh out this same vision of shepherd leadership. For this reason,...

July 15, 2016

Visionary shepherds are to feed the flock. Sheep rely on the shepherd for healthy food. Jesus speaks with Peter in John 21:15, “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘y...

May 20, 2016


Mark Dever gives a needed talk at Together for the Gospel 2016 on “Endurance Needed: Strength for a Slow Reformation and the Dangerous Allure of Speed.” This was the talk that meant the most to me. We pastors face pressure from without and within to turn people into p...

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