My First Year of Pastoral Ministry – A Letter to a Friend

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Not too long ago a pair of events coincided which have led to the post before you today. The first event was the completion of my first year of ministry as the Pastor-Teacher of Stansbury Park Baptist Church in Utah. The second was a message from a friend just Ancient Letterabout to enter pastoral ministry with some questions he was hoping I might answer. I was happy to help him and even encouraged that he found my answers helpful. And since he did, I would like share the same info here in case it might be an encouragement to anyone currently serving in ministry or facing the prospect of having a new Pastor arrive at their local church.… Continue reading

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PS23 Missionary Spotlight: Gus Pidal

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Recently, I sat down with one of Cornerstone Las Vegas missionaries Gus Pidal who updated us regarding the work in Spain. Christ tells the church to go into “all the nations” to make disciples (Matt. 28:19). Please pray, consider, and get involved with good missionaries serving internationally. Make their work, something you participate in with the Lord.

If you would like more information regarding his ministry, support him prayerfully or financially, then visit his ministry page here: Gus Pidal.

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Dear Pastor’s Wife

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tarr familyI remember the first real conversation I had with my husband, more than seven years ago. It was a cool summer evening and there were eight of us or so sitting around an outdoor fire pit. We were sitting across from one another, but soon everyone else had left to go inside. We still joke about that conversation, because while I was gazing at the beautiful starry night, all Matt could seem to talk about was the doctrine of election and his desire to go into pastoral ministry. Little did I know at that time that I would marry him less than two years later, and it is hard to believe that after spending the last four and half years in Southern California while Matt studied at The Master’s Seminary and the Grace Advance Academy, we are now only one week away from moving to Pennsylvania, where my husband will assume the role as the Preaching-Teaching Pastor of High Point Baptist Church in a small community just outside the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.… Continue reading

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Being Great

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talk-about-the-white-elephant-in-the-roomOkay, I am going to admit the elephant in the room. I want to be great. When pastors talk with each other about their vision and future ministry — it is envisioned as great. As a church planter, I never think, “I hope our church is adequate;” “I hope my ministry is sub-par;” or “May our legacy be good.’ No, I want our church to be great! In fact, I do not know a single person who wants to be mediocre. Even the 35 year old male living with his parents playing video games dreams of being great! Why do we not talk about this?… Continue reading

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10 Ways to Love Your Pastor

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pastor-stress-“How can I keep doing this?” the man said to himself as he opened the door to his study. It was Monday morning, and only six more days til he had to preach… again. He was battle wearied and tired, feeling as though he aged a life-time, almost in his own twilight zone. Time stood still as the world rushed past. He had only been in the ministry five years, but was already thinking of quitting. “What am I going to do?” he thought. “What can I do?” He sat down behind his desk and buried his head in his hands.… Continue reading

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