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Valiant for Truth - Pastoral Ministry

A Pastor’s Reflections: The Benefits of Membership
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Are some people more special than others? As the pastor, to whom do you owe your time? These are important questions because you will have people pulling on your calendar and schedule and you’ll have to decide to whom, among the many people you encounter, you should give your time.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: A Church Library or Bookclub
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Everyone in the church should study the word of God. They should attend to the means of grace, sit under the preaching of the word, attend Sunday School, and benefit from the church’s teaching. There are many in the church, however, who want to go beyond the preaching and instruction the church offers but they don’t have the financial resources to invest in a good basic theological library.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: How Do I Know If I’m Called?
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One of the regular questions I receive is, “How do I know whether I’m called to the pastorate?” It would be one thing if God sent telegrams from heaven with your name on it—discerning a call would be a whole lot easier. Did you get the telegram or not? But since this doesn’t happen, how can you answer this question?

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: What Should I Read to Prepare for Seminary?
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Among the many questions I’ve heard over the years, a slew of them deal with preparing to go to seminary. One of the most common is, “What should I read to prepare for seminary studies?” There are certainly a slew of theological works that a person can read to get ready to go to seminary, but here are some of the most fundamental.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Failure
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Failures in life can be very discouraging. You prepare and work for years and then fail at the very task for which you’ve been preparing. I think, for example, of the numerous seminary students whom I’ve seen fail at their licensure or ordination exams.