Author: Dave Jenkins

My Story of Ministry Burnout: Idolatry, Unbelief, and the Gospel

Fairly recently Lifeway Research conducted an in-depth examination of the problem of ministry burnout and concluded through its research that only ten percent of pastors left the ministry because of burnout.[i] Whether it’s ten percent or more, ministry burnout is an issue, and it’s something I am personally familiar with. My Personal Story of Burnout I was 24 when I first experienced burnout. At the time, in 2004, I was leading Servants of Grace through a time of great growth, preaching on an internet radio station once a week, and attending a community college studying philosophy. There were many...

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Spiritual Warfare in the Life of a Man

Do you really believe in the spiritual realm? Do you believe there is a battle raging for the souls of men? It is hard to imagine that this is true if we are living in relative comfort and ease. But no matter our earthly situation, we need to think and live like soldiers. In Ephesians 6:10-20, Paul is likely getting to the main point he wanted to make all along to the Christians in Ephesus. He frames the Christian life in light of the cosmic spiritual battle that is always going on, but about which we are often ignorant....

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Before the Evil Days Come

Before the Evil Days Come Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8 Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1, “9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain[a] from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will...

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Resetting Ministry Priorities with a Laser-Like Focus on Faithfulness to the Gospel

Recently I was in ministry leadership meeting at my local church. During this meeting, it struck me how many of the words out of the participant’s mouths, including my own, focused on how many people were coming to our events. There’s nothing wrong with trying to reach more people in one’s local church especially when it’s from a desire to help them grow in God’s grace. The problem becomes as I realized in the course of this conversation how we were so focused on numbers that the expectations of our ministry were completely wrong. Furthermore, not only were our...

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Episode 70- Gerald Hiestand– The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

Welcome to the seventieth episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins interviews Gerald Hiestand about his book The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision with Todd Wilson (Zondervan, 2015) What you’ll hear in this episode: Gerald’s life, ministry, marriage, and his current ministry projects. What is a pastor-theologian? How the church historically has understood the term pastor-theologian. How serious theological anemia is in the church. How serious is the ecclesial anemia is in theology. Why not every pastor-theologian should be an ecclesial theologian. How pastors can be an ecclesial theologian in the local church. What Gerald sees...

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