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Pastor: A Challenging Role

Peter Drucker, who spent much of his life studying leadership, said that the four hardest jobs in America are the U.S. President, a university president, a hospital CEO, and a church pastor. Though some might disagree with Drucker’s assessment, I doubt that many of our pastors would. Being a pastor is a high calling, but it is often a great challenge—one that is sometimes made even greater by unrealistic expectations placed upon them.

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Steve Elliott: Pastoral Coaching - Part 1

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott: Pastoral Coaching - Part 1

Steve Elliott, guest speaker for the 2011 U.S. Regional Conferences, discusses the value of coaching for ministry leaders. Steve is president of Church Assistance Ministry, an organization providing training and coaching to church leadership.

(29.2 minutes)
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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott is president of Church Assistance Ministry, an organization providing training and coaching to church leadership. Since 1971, Steve has served as a pastor, church planter, Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) district superintendent, church planting director and missionary.

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Mike Feazell: Steve, it’s a pleasure to have you on the program today.

Steve Elliot: Thank you.

MF: Thanks for taking the time out and coming down from Turlock.

SE: It’s good to be here.

MF: Tell us a little bit about what coaching looks like in terms of effective ministry, as opposed to mentoring, for example.

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Steve Elliott: Pastoral Coaching - Part 2

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott: Pastoral Coaching - Part 2

Part 2 with Steve Elliott, guest speaker for the 2011 U.S. Regional Conferences. In this episode, Steve continues his discussion about the value of coaching for ministry leaders. 

(26.4 minutes)
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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott is president of Church Assistance Ministry, an organization providing training and coaching to church leadership. Since 1971, Steve has served as a pastor, church planter, Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) district superintendent, church planting director and missionary.

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Mike Feazell: Thanks for being with us again.

Steve Elliot: It’s great to be here, Mike. I thank you for the opportunity.

MF: Today we want to talk about coaching again. Let’s set the stage a little bit by getting into what you call the “five Rs.”

SE: Okay. The coaching relationship is a relationship in which I want to draw out of the...

MF: Relationship being the first R.

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Andrew Purves: We Are Not Generic

Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves: We Are Not Generic

Dr. Purves recounts valuable learning experiences he has had in ministry and stories of people who have had an impact on his life. He also speaks about the importance of bringing the gospel to people on a specific and personal level.

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Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves received his PhD in 1978 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has been a church pastor and a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He has written numerous books on pastoral theology, including The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation, The Crucifixion of Ministry, & The Resurrection of Ministry.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Please share your thoughts on the importance of prayer for pastoral ministry.

2. Why is it necessary that we acknowledge the element of mystery within the gospel message?

3. Honesty and vulnerability were cited. Why are these so important for teaching and ministry?

4. “The borders between theology and proclamation should not to be far apart.” What does this mean to you?

5. Please share your impressions of Andrew’s last meeting with Tom Torrance.

6. “The ascension means that Jesus is in the present tense, not in the past tense.” Your thoughts?

7. How do you view the assertions that each of us is unique and God deals with us differently?

8. Dr. Purves said that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Why is this hard to accept?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

Introduction: You’re Included is the unique interview series devoted to exploring the practical implications of Trinitarian Theology. Today’s guest is Dr. Andrew Purves, Professor of Reformed Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Purves is author of numerous books, including Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology, The Crucifixion of Ministry, and The Resurrection of Ministry.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for being with us again.

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Andrew Purves: Theology for Pastoral Work

Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves: Theology for Pastoral Work

A pastor should connect the story of God with the context of individual people, so the pastor needs to be tightly connected to God and the people.

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Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves received his PhD in 1978 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has been a church pastor and a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He has written numerous books on pastoral theology, including The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation, The Crucifixion of Ministry, & The Resurrection of Ministry.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Why is a pastor’s “life in Christ” so critical to an effective ministry?

2. What did the phrase “organically connected” mean to you in terms of relationships?

3. How can personal prayer, worship, and ethical attentiveness enhance one’s ministry?

4. What was meant by pastors being “embedded” in the lives of their people?

5. How is the example of Jesus seizing Peter’s hand on the water relevant to your life?

6. Why should we respond to God out of thankfulness instead of guilt and fear?

7. How is God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness a “larger reality” than his judgment?

8. Expand on Dr. Purves’ contention that God’s “grace overflows.”

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: In your book, The Crucifixion of Ministry, on page 128, you wrote, “At its core, pastoral work involves bearing witness to the joining of two stories, the parishioners and God’s. Who is Jesus Christ specifically for this person amid the particularities and the exigencies of his or her current life experience?”

How does a pastor bring those two stories together?

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Andrew Purves: What on Earth Is Jesus Doing?

Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves: What on Earth Is Jesus Doing?

Andrew Purves discusses the primary pastoral question: What is Jesus up to that I can bear witness to?

(32.5 minutes)
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Biography:
Andrew Purves

Andrew Purves received his PhD in 1978 from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has been a church pastor and a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He has written numerous books on pastoral theology, including The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation, The Crucifixion of Ministry, & The Resurrection of Ministry.

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If you are interested in learning more about Trinitarian theology, check out Grace Communion Seminary. It's accredited, affordable, and 100 percent online.

Group Study Guide

Overview

That which makes us Christian is Jesus Christ. He is a present, living, reigning Lord acting in the freedom of his love and the power of the Holy Spirit, who is up to God’s ministry in every aspect of the life of the cosmos. That’s what it means to be Lord, hence the question: “What is Jesus up to that I can bear witness to – whatever the context – to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord at this point of connection or intersection in your life?”

Discussion

  1. Why is it important to be grounded in the reality of what Jesus has done for us?
  2. What are the implications that Jesus is Lord of every aspect of the cosmos?
  3. What is the “Christological starting point” Dr. Purves talked about?
  4. What was the Incarnation all about?
  5. Acts 9:1-20 recounts how the ascended Lord unilaterally encountered Saul. Discuss what happened here. What was Saul’s response?
  6. How has Jesus unilaterally encountered you? What’s been your response?
  7. What three things does Calvin’s doctrine of the Ascension tell us Jesus is doing?
  8. What are the resources that Dr. Purves mentioned when dealing with others in a pastoral (or ministerial) role?
  9. What three things did Purves say needed to be done to use those resources?
  10. Discuss the God you know today and compare him to how you viewed him ten years ago.
  11. What is it about Jesus Christ that most moves you?
  12. What, for you, was the most meaningful part of Dr. Purves’ interview?

Introduction: Today’s guest is Dr. Andrew Purves, Professor of Reformed Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Purves is author of numerous books, including Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition, Reconstructing Pastoral Theology, The Crucifixion of Ministry, and The Resurrection of Ministry.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for joining us.

Andrew Purves: You’re welcome.

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Giving Honor and Love to Pastors

Paul told the Thessalonians, “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, and are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Eugene Peterson puts it this way in The Message paraphrase:

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