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A Pastor’s Reflections: What They Don’t Teach You in Seminary

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One of the regular complaints I hear from graduates is that they believe their seminary education did not adequately prepare them for the various counseling challenges they face in the pastorate. On the one hand, I can understand this sentiment. You spend thousands of dollars, countless hours in class, read…
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To the Ends of the Earth: Church Planting and the Foolishness of Our Methods

by Ross Hodges As I approached graduation from WSC, I told my wife that I was willing to consider almost any possible call, with one notable exception - church planting. The thought of being part of something that was starting from scratch, something that had no support system already in…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Manuscript, Notes, or No Notes?

VFT
When you study for the ministry you will take a number of preaching classes as a part of the Master of Divinity curriculum. One of the inevitabilities is that students end up reflecting the preaching style and conviction of their professor. Someone once commented to me that they could tell…
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To the Ends of the Earth: When Sheep Attack

by a WSC alum Going in to ministry everyone knows there will be opposition. We know that there will be hostile atheists heaping scorn upon us. We know that there will be secularists who wonder why we are so intolerant. We know to expect the sideways glance and snarky remark…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Is Your Wife On Board?

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I served on a presbytery credentials committee for nearly a decade. The credentials committee has the task of vetting candidates for the ministry. One of the regular questions that we asked prospective candidates was, “Is your wife in agreement with your desire to pursue the ministry?” Such a question might…
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To the Ends of the Earth: A Case for Bi-Vocational Church Planting

by alum Andy Smith Like most newly-minted seminary graduates looking for work, I am continually checking my e-mail, eagerly anticipating an update concerning my future employment. Unlike most seminary grads, the emails I’m looking for are not from Covenant Presbyterian Church or Christ Reformed Church, but from Liberty Mutual and…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Like a Marriage

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It seems like far too many people treat relationships of all sorts as being disposable. As soon as they hit a rough patch of any sort they decide to pull up stakes, move on, and find a new relationship. This is especially the case, I believe, when it comes to…
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To the Ends of the Earth: Contextualization for the Sake of Others

by alum Chris Sandoval They had no concept of the gospel. Living in a remote corner or the world, these people knew little more than each other, their pagan religion, and their paradise home. Then on an especially dark and stormy day, a missionary arrived and, in fear, the half-naked…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Alone

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One of my biggest frustrations in the pastorate is the sense of being alone. In some sense the old cliché applies, it’s lonely at the top. The pastor is not a celebrity who finds himself imprisoned by fame and fortune. Rather, I think the loneliness comes in the nature of…
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To the Ends of the Earth: Convictions to Stand Upon

by Nathan White, WSC alum It is well known that church planting is an arduous task. The months of preparation, long hours, and immense stress drive many church planters to the brink of burnout. Recognizing this reality, there is a mountain of books, seminars, and other resources being produced to…
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