Do Ministers View Call to Ministry as Important?

Empirical research on leadership reveals that ministers place great significance on calling. This brief review will organize thoughts from ministry leaders about the importance of calling into three categories 1) calling in general, 2) the internal call to ministry, and 3) external calling. The Importance of Ministry Calling Recent research on pastoral development demonstrates the…

What is the Call to Ministry?

Scholars have defined and categorized the call to ministry in various ways. Jeff Iorg defines calling as a “profound impression from God that establishes parameters for your life.”[1] Iorg explains three types of call experiences as 1) the universal call to Christian service and growth, 2) the general call to ministry leadership, and 3) the…

Four Chair Discipling

I am currently reading an excellent book by Dann Spader called 4 Chair Discipling.  In this book, Spader takes a look at Jesus’ life and ministry and pulls out principles for us to strive for as we seek to make disciples.  Each chair represents a stage in the growth process in the Christian life.  Spader…

Bible Reading Worksheets

In his book, One to One Bible Reading, David Helm goes through a very helpful acronym called “COMA”  It is a meditation type of technique to help you slow down and write out the things you are learning as you read the Bible.  It stands for Context, Observation, Meaning, and Application.  This is a very…

Grad Group Mission and Vision

This past weekend we went through our mission, heart, and vision of Grad Group, our group of twentysomethings at Parkview Church.  We talked about our core values and what we want to accomplish.  We talked about how we see our group fitting into the overall mission of Parkview.  We are asking God to to big…

Spiritual Gifts

What are your gifts?  How do you know?  How will you use them?  This new tool is designed to give you an overview of what the spiritual gifts are and why they are important.  You will also find questions to help you in your search for your gifts.  Enjoy! Spiritual Gifts Descriptions For more on…