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Are you thinking about going to seminary to study to be a Pastor?  Even if you are not going to seminary but you are a Christian who loves God, do you know someone who is thinking about going to seminary but might be working through the issue of finance?

Here are ten practical things that I found helpful to get through Seminary when the finances are hard.  They were things that I personally found helpful to make it through my Master’s of Divinity (MDiv) and Master’s of Theology (ThM).   While there’s personal responsibility I also realize it was God’s grace that provided for me and also the means of others who showed me love and help along the way too.

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This is from last year’s conference which they have just made available online for others to benefit from.  It is sponsored by P&R Publishing (among others), which is one of my top favorite Christian publisher.  The conference is called “Faithful Shepherd Pastors’ Retreat” and last year’s theme was on “The Welcoming Church.”

What is the purpose of this conference?

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Pastor Alex Montoya has been instrumental in God shaping how I preach and also with wisdom concerning pastoral ministry.  He’s to me the Hispanic Charles Spurgeon and I lament that he’s retired from teaching in seminary.

Last week he’s recently taught for a Seminary Winterim session on the passion of preaching.  In a one week intensive course he taught a future generation of those entering ministry on homiletic (how to preach).

I thought I share them with viewers to help preachers and those who are teachers.

Here are the videos:

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Ephesians 6:17 refers to the Word of God as the sword of the Spirit: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

If the Word of God is a sword then that this helps us with understanding further two biblical roles of Pastors.

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Dan S. Lloyd. Leading Today’s Funerals: A Pastoral Guide for Improving Bereavement Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, October 1st 1997. 126 pp.

4 out of 5

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I read the kindle version of this book in preparation for my first funeral that I will be doing as a pastor.  I had to read this pretty quick given the situation.  I am glad I did as it was helpful.  I read this work and took lots of notes from it.  This was a book that I wished I read in seminary.

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First off before I share my review I want to welcome all those who have recently found our blog on Monergism.com.  We are a blog that is intent on covering apologetics, Christian worldview and theology with posts on book reviews, resources and our own written content.  Feel free to subscribe and bookmark our page for daily posts!

Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 9th 2005.  221 pp.

5 out of 5

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Both authors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have written a helpful book for pastors and church leaders on doing church ministry according to the Bible and centered on the Gospel.  As the book states on page 28, “The Gospel alone shapes and evaluate must both shape and evaluate any ministry method we use.”  This is a great antidote to the seeker sensitive church method or other marketing gimmick that is driven more by man-centered pragmatisms instead of the Word of God.  I love how this book is both biblical and practical since I believe there is a real need of resources on practical ecclesiology (doctrine of the church).  Too often one find two kinds of extreme: practical works without it being biblical or biblical works on the church without a deeper practical picture of what does it look like.  Dever and Alexander writes from being biblically informed and years of wisdom and experience which through their 9 Marks ministry have greatly helped many other local churches including the one I minister at.

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I’ve compiled all the posts for our series “Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers” here.  It was a devotional series I worked on after considering how many Pastors end up burning out.  It’s originally meant for pastors but teachers in churches were later also written in view of you as well!

In this post I want to discuss about how to get the most from the series.

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This is worth bookmarking if you are a pastor or teacher in the Church.

Here’s a post on “How to Get the Most from our Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers Series.”

Here’s the series:

  1. Sunday Morning Motivation for Preachers and Teachers: Used by God to bring People to Salvation
  2. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: Fixing our hope on the living God
  3. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: Your Spiritual Gift Bestowed by God
  4. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: You are given spirit of Power
  5. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: You are given spirit of Love
  6. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: You are given spirit of Self-Discipline
  7. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: You were appointed a preacher or teacher
  8. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: Your reward is great in heaven
  9. Sunday Morning Motivations for Preachers and Teachers: Knowing Christ

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t’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is to love those who are hard to love.  How can you preachers and teachers love those who are difficult who are in your ministries and class?

Similar to last week today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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It’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Here is another short post providing you with the motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s another little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Today’s post comes from 1 Timothy 4:10=

For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Here’s a question based upon the verse:

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s a little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

Last week we saw from 1 Peter 5:1-3 that God requires the following from elders of the church:

  1. Minister to God’s people that God has placed in their care right now and not just hoping to minister to people they might minister to in the future: “shepherd the flock of God among you,” (v.2a)
  2. Minister willingly and not grudgingly: “exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily,” (v.2b)
  3. Minister “according to the will of God” (v.2c) which of course involves knowing His will and His ways as taught in the Bible.
  4. Minister not for ulterior motive: “and not for sordid gain” (v.2d)
  5. Minister zealously: “but with eagerness” (v.2e)
  6. Minister by example and not force: “nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock” (v.3)

As you can tell the requirement of God for elders and the standard of ministry is very high.  Yet what would be the godly motivation that would fuel us to minister in such a Christ-like fashion?

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It’s Sunday Morning.  I know sometimes ministry is not easy.  So here’s a little motivation from the Word of God for preachers before you enter your pulpit and teachers before you go in to instruct your class.

1 Peter 5:1-3 states

Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

Peter has for us instructions of what Church elders are to be like.  But what is the motivation for preachers, teachers and leaders to put them into practice?

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This is part of my plan this year to review more counseling booklets for the sake of the edification and encouragement of the church.

Michael R. Emlet.  Asperger Syndrome.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, July 28, 2005. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

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I found this booklet helpful as an introduction to Asperger syndrome. The booklet’s guidelines and suggestions for those who minister to those with Asperger syndrome was also useful.  I appreciated the background of the author Michael Emlet: A physician turned biblical counselor with a Masters of Divinity from a solid Christian Seminary he has the background to address both the medical and spiritual dimension of the person with Asperger syndrome.

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Sometimes there’s those weeks where so many things happen all at once for the Pastor during the week.  Church members who are sick, believers who need rides, late night calls, evangelistic contacts happen, others outside of churches want to meet up with you and the business of the weekly routine of Bible studies during the week, studying and pastoral visitations.  So much happens it cuts into your Sunday sermon prep.  And its truly not because of laziness because everything else is done well during the week.  You are tired.  You are exhausted.  You have been around people with problems all week long but they don’t know…that Sunday’s coming.

But then sometimes its all these things during the week that prepare the preacher for the sermon on Sunday.  It prepares him to be pastoral.  To be practical.  To be doctrinal but in a way that desires others to also see the glory of God as it is unfolded.  To be tired and beaten up like the rest of the body of Christ during the week, lest we become like the condescending preacher Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.  It makes us rely on the Spirit and his grace.

Preachers if tomorrow is one of those rare Sundays, pray for His grace and His mercy.

Give it your all.  Because He is worthy.  Because your people need it.  Because you need it.  Preach the Gospel and apply its truth like its the last sermon you will ever preach and preach it prayerfully.

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