Office Hours: David Strain On the Tasks and Trials of Ministry

David Strain is Minister of Teaching and Mission at First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, MS. At the time we recorded this interview, he was recently Senior Pastor at Main Street PCA, Columbus, MS. He has also served a Free Church congregation in . . . Continue reading →

Heidelcast 31: Bringing Reformation To the Congregation

Heidelcast

The Reformation is not only a doctrine and a piety. It is those two things but it is also a practice. It entails change in the life of the congregation, not for its own sake but for the sake of bringing that . . . Continue reading →

Ministers All?

The uniqueness and centrality of the official preaching of the Word is diminished when we  equivocate between the official, public, ordained administration of the Word and the unofficial witness to the gospel by the laity. The tendency among evangelical is to describe all . . . Continue reading →

HB Classic: So You’re About to Call a Pastor?

[First published on the HB in June 2007] This is a sensitive topic. People don’t always think rationally or biblically or confessionally about the office of pastor. Many folk don’t understand what ministers do and most people who are involved in the . . . Continue reading →

Thoughts on the PCA’s Proposed Strategic Plan

Martin Hedman is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California and he’s a PCA church planter in the LA metro. He’s also had significant training as an “industrial engineer.” These, he says, are the “efficiency experts.” As a pastor, church planter, and a . . . Continue reading →

Is it Live or is it Memorex?

The Church of Scotland was recently convulsed by a controversy over the call of a practicing homosexual minister. According to a recent news report it appears that the Church of Scotland has more trouble with her ministry (HT: John Bales). One suspects . . . Continue reading →

Candid Comments for Candidates (2)

Part 1 Thinking through the business of candidating as a seminary student, recent graduate, first-time pastor or a pastor currently without a call is less difficult than the matter of calling a pastor who is currently serving a congregation. The most obvious reason the . . . Continue reading →

So You Are About to Begin a Pastoral Search

This is a sensitive topic. People don’t always think rationally or biblically or confessionally about the office of pastor. Many folk don’t understand what ministers do and most people who are involved in the pastoral search process are well-meaning but inexperienced. Most . . . Continue reading →