Category: Dear Seminarian

Warnings and Encouragement for Women Attending Seminary

Dear Woman in Seminary, You are not alone. There are days in which the journey is long and wearisome, but you are seen. Your church needs you, and I am so glad that you responded to the call of seminary with a heart that says, “Here am I, send me.” In the midst of the chaos, seminary can truly be at times, I hope that you hold on to that call as an Ebenezer, a mark that proclaims, “He who calls is faithful.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). There are many warnings for us who find ourselves in seminary. Within those...

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Working Hard

Working Hard Pastors must prioritize family over the ministry. Period. End of story. If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the same stories repeated countless times. Some pastors fail to take care of their family because they’re too busy taking care of their church. The details change, but the basic story is the same. Some pastors neglect their family because they’re too busy looking out for their church. In the end, these pastors lose both family and church. I’m a millennial. I don’t know how much this problem was addressed in previous generations....

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Copying Other Churches

Copying Other Churches One of the greatest temptations a pastor faces is the temptation to copy another church. From the mouth of the pastor, this temptation comes out with these words, “At my last church, we used to do …” Don’t be the guy who always talks about how you did things at another church. When you are that guy, you sound just like your church members who roll their eyes and say, “We’ve never done it like that before.” Every pastor hates to hear those words, so don’t subject your people to the same foolishness. Another challenge for...

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Dear Seminary Dad- Shepherd, Your Family

Dear Seminary Dad, If you’re reading this letter, it’s because you’ve taken steps in obedience to God’s call on your life to shepherd His people. You are aware of the many things you don’t know and are humbly seeking knowledge to step into your calling. If you are a husband and father, you take this step with the support and the responsibility of your family. As you are being equipped to shepherd a flock one day, remember the first flock God has given you to shepherd, your family. I’ve been a seminary wife for three years. Two and a...

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Portrait of a Minister Approved by Christ

1 Timothy 4:6-16, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we...

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