Mailbag #7—Cake-baking Principles; Two Services or One; Youth Pastors; & A Discipline Issue
These years in seminary will provide what may be the greatest opportunity to read that you’ll ever get.
It seems virtually impossible to single out a handful of books from two millennia of Christian history for you. But you’ll find this sort of list to be commonplace among types like us.
To get the most from seminary you should prepare by reading good books that will do two things for you—lay a good foundation for your studies in the classroom, and lay a good foundation for gospel ministry.
First Five Years was a 9Marks Conference to encourage and instruct new pastors. If you are new in your ministry—perhaps in preparation, or in the first years of a church plant, or in your first church, or just beginning your pastorate in a new place—this conference is meant to equip you.
—Can I pastor’s wife work outside the home? —Is it permissible to sign a church covenant? Didn’t Jesus forbid oath-taking? —My church wants me to focus more on administration and less on shepherding. Aren’t they misunderstanding what a pastor is?