Category: Ministry

  • On a Pastor’s Duty to Protect

    On a Pastor’s Duty to Protect

    This is a sermon manuscript of the second in a two-part series on the role of pastors in the church. The first part dealt with three duties of a pastor: to teach, model, and nurture. This second part deals with a fourth duty of a pastor, which is to protect the flock. When my family […]

  • Preaching with Style: Advice from Strunk and White

    Preaching with Style: Advice from Strunk and White

    I’ll admit that my title was a bit of click-bait. I don’t mean “style” in the sense of flair or fashion, but in the sense intended by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White in their little book The Elements of Style. In the final chapter “An Approach to Style,” Strunk and White discuss the […]

  • My Priorities During Seven Years of Youth Ministry

    My Priorities During Seven Years of Youth Ministry

    My wife Christa and I began serving at our current ministry on June 18, 2008. Shortly after we began, I wrote out five priorities that I believed should guide my ministry as youth pastor. I haven’t perfectly executed these priorities. There are many things I would have done differently or more diligently. But looking back on these priorities […]