My Ideas Have a Shelf Life

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

A friend passed along a great quote from an Assembly of God leader, Earl G. Creps, formerly the director of the doctor of ministry program at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and now a church planter in Berkeley, California. Here is the quote: “The ability to admit that my ideas have a shelf life cultivates a humility that will … Read More

The Beeson Pastors School: A Summer Treat for Ministers

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

Conferences and seminars for pastors abound, especially during the summer months. These kinds of events spring up like clockwork, much like the welcomed daffodils and tulips I see growing in the Midwest right now. In the various magazines, and on numerous online sites, ministers are encouraged to attend such gatherings. Each one appeals to the minister to consider their event … Read More

A Prayer for Ministers This Lord's Day

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

Lord God, revealed in the preaching of Jesus     at the seashore,    in the city and highway,    in home and upper room,    in a synagogue and temple,    in mountain and wilderness,    to the sick and despondent,    to the sinner and outcast,    to soldier and ruler,    to alien and pilgrim,    to rich and poor; Because you have commanded us     to … Read More

Humility and Proper Confidence in One's Ministry

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

I never cease to be amazed at how particular conservative schools, and some conservative role models, teach young pastors a type of certitude that lacks basic Christian humility. One could chalk this up to a faulty epistemology, which I believe to be the case, but it is actually much worse than getting your epistemology right. As an example, just this … Read More

Three Vital Qualities for Ministers

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

One of my dearest friends, a fellow minister of the gospel, regularly challenges both my mind and heart about gospel ministry. The two of us have walked together as brothers and best friends for nearly thirty years. In conversation yesterday, and after writing the blog that I posted on ambition (September 15), my friend’s three point test for good ministers … Read More

The Danger of Ministerial Ambition

John ArmstrongThe Christian Minister/Ministry

I give a great deal of my personal time to ministers. I love ministers. I love the church even more. Because of these two great loves I sometimes have real conflicts. If forced to choose, and thankfully I am not usually forced, I will always choose the church as my higher priority. The reason for this is very simple. The … Read More