There are health issues, work deadlines, the pressure of family to be together, the overall stress of life, personal mental capacity to face the day, and the crucial assessment of the kind of reception one could expect from church that day: ‘Will I have someone to sit with? Will I have to sit with unpleasant people again? Will the sermon be worth it? What if Rev X is preaching? Will I belong? ... perhaps it would just be easier to get the shopping done.’Read More
What do you do when there’s conflict in your church?
Because there will be at some point.
How can you deal with conflict well?
What do you do when there’s no conflict to prepare for the times when conflict will come?
How to you give your people a framework for understanding and resolving conflict?
What do you do when a couple comes to you and the marriage is a warzone?
What should you outsource? What should you do yourself?
Bruce Burgess is the Australian Director of Peacewise.Read More
How do you not just work ‘in the ministry’ but ‘on the ministry’?
How does a senior pastor lead in vision, finances, staffing and money to promote the gospel of Christ?
How do we communicate, execute and celebrate the vision?
How to teach on generosity?
How do we ask graciously?
What are the mistakes to avoid?
Rod Irvine was senior minister of Figtree Anglican Church Wollongong and has written ‘Giving generously: resourcing local church ministry.’
Catch up on our previous episodes at www.thepastorsheart.netRead More
A good friend tells you when you have something stuck between your teeth just before the photograph is taken.
Scotland’s David Andrew Robertson was a guest on The Pastor’s Heart a few months ago and is a good friend (http://bit.ly/2vp3MJ4).
In an interview with ACR, having spent three months in Sydney, he’s had some significant things to say about the Sydney Anglican Church and asks have we gone off the boil on seeking the lost saved?
Phil Colgan from St George North Anglican Church and Craig Schafer from St Mark's Pennant Hills joins with Dominic Steele to discuss what we can learn from from David’s critique
What is poverty? What gospel do poor people need? How have parachurch ministries made the problem worse? What does evangelism look like in poor communities? What role for preaching? What does church membership and discipline look like?
How can we see a transformation in desperate poor communities in Scotland or Australia?
Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and founder of 20 Schemes, a ministry dedicated to building gospel-centered churches for Scotland’s poorest communities.Read More
As a senior minister what should you do if you have a porn addiction? What if it’s a staff member of senior lay leader? How do you preach to the congregation about these issues?
We talk to Marshall Ballantine-Jones who is doing a PhD on this topic, and who says there’s a significant rate of porn consumption in the general community, the church and amongst church leaders.
The younger the minister the more likely they will be to be a porn user!
What are the implications for a heavy user of pornography? psychological, biological, neurological and sociological? How does porn use impact attitudes, behaviours?
What impact does porn have on spiritual vitality. Is there a rank hypocrisy and inappropriate tolerance of sin or are we extending compassion?
What’s the relationship of porn use and self control?
What practices should you introduce as a senior minister for yourself?
How should you lead your staff and lay leadership team?
Albert Bernstein calls them ‘Emotional Vampires’
How do I (as a senior pastor) express the love of Jesus to those with different personality disorders: the narcissist, histrionic, paranoid personality disorder, OCD (both types), psychopaths, or the person with borderline personality disorder?
There are people in every church who consume much more than their fair share of everyone's time and energy, particularly the senior ministers time.
Jenni Woodhouse is a former chaplain to the Professional Standards Department of the Sydney Anglican Church and now is a chaplain to missionaries with the Church Missionary Society.Read More
Sacrifice: Mikey Lynch on the tension between living the good life and dying to self.
Have you tried zealously to serve the Lord and hit the wall?
Are you living the sacrificial Christian life and wondering why so few are keeping up?
Do you regularly give spiritual advice to others?
Do you have the sneaking suspicion that you are not a real Christian?
We are talking about and with the minister who loses it all, when the diocese moves into apostasy, leaving you and your people as faithful followers of Christ Jesus, but without denominational support, stripped of your ministerial license, church building and house.
This week we talk to four men and one woman who have been and are in that situation.Read More
The Anglican Dean of Sydney Kanishka Raffel and Senior Minister of MBM Rooty Hill Ray Galea join Dominic Steele, by the shores of Lake Galilee in Israel, to discuss last week’s important Anglican Gafcon Conference in Jerusalem.
Plus we play out an extended interview with Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, who serves as the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, with it's 25,000,000 million members and as the chairman of the Gafcon Primate’s Council.Read More
How can you build a church building, so you don’t quit in the 12 months after the project is finished.
This is a discussion for pastors. But also for parish council and committees of management.
Andrew Robson has taken a lead roll in three major church building projects, two at EV Church, on the Central Coast of NSW, and is currently taking the lead at St Paul's Anglican Carlingford’s major rebuild.
When I rang him to line up this interview, he was standing over a pit of previously undiscovered asbestos.
We will be asking him about what he’s learned? What he wouldn’t do again?
But what are your questions about any aspect of building a new church building* Vision and ministry principles relating to building design,* Ministry philosophy of church buildings and space,* The value of aesthetics,* How much to spend on big ticket items like sound/AV, lighting, furniture?* How to resolve differences of opinion and make compromises?
Often when we hear the word 'multi-site' we think American mega churcThere’s the start of a trend for larger evangelical churches to switch strategies from planting daughter churches to becoming a multisite network of a man campus and a series of campuses.Read More
There’s a nervousness among reformed evangelical complementarians about preaching any of the New Testament gender passages, but particularly 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, where the issue of head is discussed.
I asked a couple of friends to come and help me with my sermon preparation. I am hoping it might be useful to you as well.Read More
It’s hard because we go into ministry because we like doing the ministry.
But if things are to grow, we need to step back and empower and encourage others in these roles.
This is true in kids ministry, but it’s true across the church.
I think this is one of the major factors that is hampering the growth of our churches.
We are talking this Tuesday with Sandy Galea, from MBM Rooty Hill in Sydney’s West and Kidswise about how to grow ministry teams.Read More
Andrew Beddoe is asking about evangelical churches: Where are the tradies? Where are the factory workers? Retail workers? Those on social welfare benefits?Read More
The stresses of pastoring are well known and can be a match for even the best-prepared, most experienced in ministry--multiple tasks, long hours, taxing responsibilities and challenging personalities. Donald Guthrie takes us through his thoughts on how to have fruitful ministry over the long haul.Read More
Rolling out vision in an Evangelical Church! ’People don’t give to need, they give to vision.’
But what is vision and how do you come up with the vision, workshop with key stakeholders, communicate the vision, roll it out?Read More
Our guest is Dean of Students at Sydney’s Moore Theological College Paul Grimmond. Paul has battled with anxiety all his adult life, and has been quite open about this. He wrote recently “‘Don’t be anxious about anything,’ Is that all God’s got to say?”
David Robertson is minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee Scotland. He is also the associate director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity.
He does a lot of writing – in newspapers, magazines, on the net and also books. He’s the author of Awakening (the life of Robert Murray McCheyne); The Dawkins Letters, Quench (cafe evangelism) and Magnificent Obsession. His latest book is called Engaging With Atheists.
The Wollongong region has just seen 60 churches band together in a combined effort to reach their district for Jesus. The initiative was conceived and lead by the senior minister of Wollongong Anglican cathedral, Sandy Grant.
Sandy joins Dominic Steele to talk through the wins and lessons from the mission, “Jesus is___”.Read More