[M]inisters are a merchandize one cannot lay one’s hands on as easily as it were to be desired. John Calvin, Letters Volume 4, Page 320.
What is one of the reasons why people don’t go to church? It is that the preaching is so lifeless. Even the idea conjured up by the word ‘sermon’ involves something tedious or mind-numbing. So pastors have to get back to the simple source for spiritual life in their churches, that is seeking the Spirit of
One of the things that happens when you do something for a while is that you start to de-prioritize it. When life is busy, the things that used to be special become commonplace. As the old saying goes, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. Same Old, Same Old That can happen at church very easily. The
In the Draft Order of Visitation of the Country Churches January 11, 1546 , there are some points made about what to watch for in assessing the ministries of pastors. 1. Doctrinal unity. The first order of business was to make sure that the pastor maintained, “proper uniformity of doctrine in the whole body of the