Ministry Archive

How To Break Growth Barriers

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Have you ever wondered how to grow a small church congregation? Have you every asked yourself: “How can I better lead my church in its present condition? How can I more effetely lead my church into future growth? What are going to be some of the obstacles and challenges that

Reformation Women

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With this year celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, there are many, many resources that are coming out about the Reformation. One of these new books takes a bit of a different approach to celebrating this monumental moment in church history by looking at 12 unknown women who were

You Are What You Love

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Every so often a book comes along that takes me by surprise, a book that I was expecting to just be decent but ends up being excellent; a book that I anticipated to be one thing but ends up shattering my expectations completely; a book that I planned to work

Zeal Without Burnout

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Pastoral burnout is a real problem. The statistics are alarming. In the U.S., it is estimated that 1,500 people leave the pastoral ministry each month due to burnout, conflict or moral failure (16). 1/3 of pastors say they feel burned out within the first 5 years of starting ministry (16). Only

Using and Enjoying Biblical Greek

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Every biblical student going through an undergraduate biblical studies program, and especially a master of divinity program, is familiar with the rigorous demands of taking Biblical Greek. The class terrifies many, excites some, and must be “gotten through” for the majority in order to satisfy their required classes. Though

Proof Pirates

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I have to admit something — I often get quite frustrated with many children’s ministry curriculum and studies. At best, I find many of them to be shallow and only slightly connected to the full story of the Gospel and how the Gospel is for both unbelievers (justification) and believers

Mea Culpa

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Mea Culpa — My bad. My fault. These are some hard words to say, aren’t they? Not many of us like to admit our faults, confess that we were wrong, let alone “learn from our mistakes.” Especially in ministry. Who among us wants to admit that we were prideful, arrogant, theological

The New Pastor’s Handbook

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As pastors, we’ve all been there … Somewhere in the second or third week you begin to experience a little panic. You come to the jarring conclusion that you are not quite the “Master of Divinity” your diploma says you are. Pastoral ministry is a high calling, rewarding, and

Youth Ministry In The 21st Century

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As you may know, I am a youth pastor, which means that the Lord has given me the privilege of ministering to a group of bright, knowledgable, confused, hormonal, and impressionable people known as teenagers. As we find ourselves ministering to this group of people in such a different

Biblical Counseling and the Church

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Review By: Kevin Hurt Why This Book? As one who has pastored the same church for the past 27 years — with the goal of making God’s sufficient Word applicable to the day-to-day real-life circumstances people find themselves facing — and as a certified Biblical Counselor with the International