Resources on Pastoral Ministry

Don’t Let Your Life Run to Waste!

By Charlie Wingard · July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment
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Don’t let your life run to waste! Small bits of time add up, and especially over a lifetime. William G.T. Shedd observes: “Small spaces of time become ample and great by being regularly and faithfully employed. It is because time is wasted so regularly and uniformly, and not because it is wasted in such large amounts, that so much of human life runs to waste.” – William G.T. Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology. 11th ed. (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1902), 394.

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Charles Simeon

By Charlie Wingard · March 18, 2014 · 0 Comments
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John Stott reflects on the life of Charles Simeon, one of my heroes of Christian ministry. In 1985 I ran across Simeon’s name for the first time while reading Stott’s Between Two Worlds. He referenced Simeon several times, so I bought Hugh Evan Hopkins Charles Simeon of Cambridge to learn more. Later I read the fine biographies of Moule and Carus, and many of Simeon’s sermons. During his 54 years at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge (1782-1836) some 1100 future ministers sat under his ministry. Distinguished historian Thomas Macauley observed that his influence was greater than any English bishop or archbishop. Any student preparing for ministry will benefit by studying the life of this remarkable pastor and preacher.

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Prayer: Molding a Generation for God

By Charlie Wingard · October 7, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations, to advance the church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the Gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man, or sink the man in the plan or organization. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else, for men are God’s methods. The church is looking for better methods, whereas God is looking for better men. This vital, urgent truth is one that this age of machinery is apt to forget and the forgetting of it is as baneful in the work of God as would…

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The School of Experience

By Charlie Wingard · September 16, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Effective prayer and compassionate care for others emerges from our own intimate acquaintance with suffering. Only as we face adversity and learn to “rely not on ourselves  but on God  who raises the dead” will we learn to pray with understanding and care with sympathy. When Paul wrote the Corinthians, he does not praise God “who enables us to escape from every affliction.” Instead, he assures a broken church: “Blessed be the  God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and  God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by…

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Augustine on the Limitations of Human Life

By Charlie Wingard · September 5, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“If an inquirer thinks he ought to settle absolutely every question, great or small, before becoming a Christian, he little appreciates the limitations of human life or himself.” Augustine of Hippo, Epistolae 102.38 in Henry Chadwick’s Augustine of Hippo: A Life (Oxford, 2009), 29.          (“St. Augustine in His Study,” by Vittore Carpaccio, 1502)

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Oswald Sanders on Leadership

By Charlie Wingard · August 28, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Leadership is influence. At home, church, and work Christian leaders influence for godliness or ungodliness; they build up or tear down, help or hinder Christ’s work In Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders, former director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship, provides standards to  measure the quality of our leadership. Have you ever broken yourself of a bad habit? To lead others, one must be master of oneself. Do you retain control of yourself when things go wrong? The leader who loses self-control in testing circumstances forfeits respect and loses influence. He must be calm in crisis and resilient in adversity and disappointment. Do you think independently? While using to the full the thoughts of others, the leader cannot afford to let others do…

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