Help for Pastors: Balancing Family and Ministry

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DSC_5073 - Version 2On Tuesday evening, January 27, I had the opportunity to join Dr. John Ewart and Dr. Jamie Dew in an informal conversation with students at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to address the issues involved in finding and keeping a balance between a pastor’s family and his ministry.  Thought you might like to see it, pass it on to your pastor or just get a glimpse into some of the challenges facing pastors.

Every field has its own set of challenges in keeping balance between family and vocation.  Hopefully you will find this helpful as you face balance issues at home and work.  The session was almost an hour long, just in case you need to watch it in segments!

Balancing Family and Ministry

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Say the Name — Romans 1:8-17

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January 25, 2015

“Since Jesus is not ashamed to call us His own, we must never be ashamed of the gospel, never be ashamed to make His name known so that everyone who believes might be saved by His grace.” – Pastor David Horner

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Choose Life! 42 Years Later…

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This year marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision that opened a flood gate of atrocity against the unborn.  Estimates run as high as 57 million lives have been taken in the womb through the horrors of abortion.

Today I am posting a sermon I preached 20 years ago on the 22nd anniversary.  I do hope you find it helpful and will pass it on as you think appropriate.

Here is a pdf version of a sermon that still rings true today, twenty years later!  Click on the link below to bring up the message.

CHOOSING LIFE

 

Transformed into His Likeness – Philippians 3:20-21

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November 23, 2008

Please enjoy this message from our sermon archives as we meditate on what it means to “cultivate a culture of evangelism.”

“Through the grace of Jesus Christ, God has provided a way for each of us to recover the life He created us to live in His image and for His glory.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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Image Bearers – Genesis 1:26-28

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November 16, 2008

While David is away from the pulpit, we invite you to enjoy this message from our sermon archives, as we consider what it means to “cultivate a culture of evangelism.”

“Since we lost His likeness, God has made it possible for that image to be restored through Jesus Christ.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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Great Expectations, Greater Grace – Psalm 16:5-11

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January 4, 2015

“We have every reason to be filled with joyful expectations entering this new year because the gracious promises and provisions of the Lord never fail!” – Pastor David Horner

 

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On the joys of being a pastor…

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For any who might wonder about what it is like being a pastor, one might think of long hours in the study doing sermon preparation, board meetings, counseling sessions, weddings, funerals and such.  But the best part comes with those special moments when you get to be there when the Lord brings new life by His matchless grace!  Tears of repentance turn to tears of joy when new faith is born!  Take a look at this picture from Christmas Eve and you might understand why I would not trade being a pastor for anything in the world!

AveryThe face of this sweet little one is hidden just enough that she is not identifiable to anyone but her immediate family and friends.  Therefore with her parents permission in posting this picture, I violate neither her privacy or theirs.  I just wanted you to get to share in this tender moment when she met her Savior!  In over 36 years as a pastor, this never gets old!!

 

Celebrate the Journey – Proverbs 16:9; 1 Chronicles 29:6-20

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January 11, 2009

While David is away from the pulpit, please enjoy this message from our sermon archives, presented at the conclusion of our “Join the Journey” campaign, 2005-2008.

“Whenever God acts graciously and provides generously to supply all our needs in ministry, we His people must give thanks, bless the Lord and bow low in humble worship.” – Pastor David Horner

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Magnify the Lord With Me – Luke 1:46-55

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December 21, 2014

“The soul who receives much from the Lord will always rejoice much in the Lord.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord – Chris Tomlin

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When we look at the song of Mary, often called “The Magnificat,” the call comes to our hearts to join her in the joyful celebration.  One great song to do that is “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” by Chris Tomlin.

Listen and you will soon be singing alone!  Then Sunday when we study Luke 1:46-55, I hope your heart will find your own soul magnifying the Lord and your spirit rejoicing in God your Savior!