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Three Characteristics of a Wonderful Leader

When you think about the characteristics of a good leader, what comes to mind? I suspect many of us would think about a pastor or a boss in the workplace, or perhaps a husband or father. Those roles would be worth your time to consider… Continue Reading …

Interview with Pastor Mike Hawkins about Caring for Others

I interviewed my friend, Pastor Mike Hawkins about his life, pastoring, counseling, and how our ministry intersects with his on a day-to-day basis. I have known Mike for a few years, and we have been in the trenches with many counseling situations. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

What Do You Look for in a Pastor?

One of the most important questions you’ll ask when looking for a new church is about the pastor who is leading the local church. What best describes your pastor? How does he affect others? Can he care for your soul? Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

The black church needs to stop idolizing the pastor

From the Darrell Harrison series: 10 things the black church should stop doing This is the first in a series of commentaries I’ll be writing on traditions and customs that, in my humble opinion, are doing damage to the missional purpose of what is commonly… Continue Reading …

Dangerous Calling

In his latest book, biblical counselor Paul David Tripp addresses the challenges and temptations that are unique to or intensified by pastoral ministry. In his counseling ministry, Tripp has seen all too much evidence of a real breakdown in how pastoral ministry is both viewed… Continue Reading …

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is a distillation of what pastor and author John Piper believes are the most crucial doctrines and practices for effective, Christ-exalting ministry. Piper is an excellent communicator with a gift for inspiring his hearers to pursue the joy he himself has… Continue Reading …