5 Joys of Being a Pastor (Mountaintop Moments)

I keep seeing articles listing the woes and struggles of pastors. While the pastorate is often extremely difficult, stretching the fabric of a man’s soul, it is also often full of mountaintop moments. I thought I’d add to this conversation a list of some of the greatest joys of being a pastor… Mountaintop Moments… Watching the power of the gospel…

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3 Common Mistakes Pastor Search Committees Make

A church in pastoral transition is in an important and delicate season. How a church walks together through pastoral transition carries the potential of either unifying the body or dividing it. The weight on the shoulders of a Pastor Search Committee is intense. And they feel it constantly. It is my joy, at the SBTC, to lead the department that…

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3 Sure Ways to FAIL as a Spiritual Leader

I believe some leaders are born. Some are made. Some rise to an occasion, seemingly out of nowhere. “Summoned,” I guess one could say. Such was the case with King Jeroboam. In 1 Kings 12:2-3, Jeroboam “stayed in Egypt. But the people summoned him.” He rose to a great opportunity, then ruined it as quickly as he had risen to it.…

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Put Your Hands to the Work

“There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23) Mankind was created to work—to cultivate the earth, to master its possibilities, to rule over it, and to watch over it (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:15). What a great blessing is ours that through our diligent labor, the earth might produce something it otherwise would not…

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Personality, Position, and Integrity

“The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9 Do you know anyone with a big personality? I have several friends whose personalities larger than life. Everywhere they go people are drawn to them like a magnet. What a gift! I thank God for my friends with big personalities. But…

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