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Patient and Gentle (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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A bishop was required to be skillful in the Word of God. He was expected to continue preaching and teaching, especially those who had the ministry of the Word entrusted to them for the local churches of their parishes.ical “settling-in.”

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Gravitas (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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That word, “management”, is telling, I think. Being a bishop was not a merely pro forma calling. They were expected to provide hands-on oversight and leadership for those pastors and churches in their charge.tical “settling-in.”

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Unblameable (Series: Qualifications and Duties of Pastors)
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While its provenance is uncertain, and perhaps even a bit questionable (Arianism?), the Apostolic Constitutions of the fourth century give us many useful insights to pastoral leadership during that era of heretical combat and ecclesiastical “settling-in.”

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Sow Every Day (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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Are we sowing the Word as frequently as we should? God’s people struggle with spiritual disciplines, so it’s probably the case that most of them are not feeding much on the Word of God each day.

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The Soul of the Priest (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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We have seen, again and again, what happens when pastors do not strive for purity in their souls. They fall, their marriages and families suffer, the churches suffer, and the name of Christ is dishonored by the very people who ought to be the shining lights of moral purity and spiritual vigor.

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Sound the Trumpet (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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The ministry of the Word is not merely for comforting and affirming the saints. At times, if we would help them to grow, we must warn them of sin, call them to repentance, urge them on to greater struggles and larger undertakings.

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To Please the Lord (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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But what does that involve? How do we know, as we choose a text, do the work on it, prepare our message, and deliver it for the people of God – how do we know that our labors are pleasing to God?

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Criteria for Improvement (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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Constant application and exercise: We must always be looking for ways to improve our preaching. But first we must be clear in our minds about what makes for effective preaching.

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As a Father (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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We cannot allow the responses of God’s people to determine the content or form of our preaching. We do not preach to please men but to edify them as followers of Jesus Christ.

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Preaching Well (Series:The Calling of Pastors)
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Preaching is central to the work of pastoral ministry, and we must make every effort to preach well. We cannot be led in preaching by the temper of the times, so that we turn our sermons into chats and monologues and “story hours.” Read more...
 
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