Pastoral Care

Fighting Pastoral Covetousness with Contentment in Christ

There’s something in us that discounts our current circumstances: our lives, our location, our role, our life. We look at others and want more. It’s sin, of course, a direct violation of the tenth word: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet...

The Grace of Waiting

“O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” (Isa. 33:2) A Call to Wait Life is a waiting room. That’s how Gayline and I see it anyways. When you have a headache that lasts for 30-plus years (like I...

Tips for Seminary Students: Maintain Your Joy in Ministry

I want each of you to maintain your joy in ministry. Let joy be a hallmark of your service to Christ’s church, and let your joy winsomely commend the faith to unbelievers. At times, maintaining your joy will be difficult. Heartache, setbacks, and discouragement will...
The Pastor and the Care of the Body

The Pastor and the Care of the Body

Several years ago, my wife interrupted me while I was exercising at home. A friend was on the phone. I took the call, and my friend greeted me, quoting from the King James translation of Paul’s first letter to Timothy, “Guy, don’t you know that bodily exercise...

Balance In Pastoring

Balance In Pastoring

I have been a Pastor for over two years and I have learned a lot during this time. By far, the thing I have learned the most is the concept of "Pastoring your people where they are and not where you want them to be." This may seem like a backward philosophy of...

Biographies in Pastoral Ministry

Biographies in Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral ministry is isolating and discouraging. Few people in your congregation understand what you face. For some, building relationships with other pastors is difficult because of schedule and other sundry reasons. People may not be growing as you desire to see...

Dear Pastor Watch Your Life and Doctrine

Dear Pastor Watch Your Life and Doctrine

As a young pastor, I’ve always been drawn to Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 as he comes to the end of both his ministry and life: For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have...

Who Pastors You, Pastor?

Who Pastors You, Pastor?

The longer I pastor (almost 20 years now), the more I appreciate pastors. The long and often unscheduled hours, the heart-labor of counseling and visitation, the prayerful sermon prep that you hope will change lives forever each Sunday. No experienced pastor is too...