Pastoral Skills


Administration

Overseeing the Work of Church Committees and Church Council

Books/Articles:

  • The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapters 8, 22
  • The Art of Christian Leadership by Jon Byler, 2009, (Amazon), Chapter 13

Videos:

  • Church Structure (CMC Equipper video) – CMC Executive Director, Brian Hershberger, shares principles for keeping the church organizational structure simple. (15 minutes)

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Leading the Pastoral Team

Books/Articles:

  • The Art of Christian Leadership by Jon Byler, 2009, (Amazon), Chapter 10
  • Leading and Managing Your Church by Carl George, (Amazon), Chapters 6 & 7

Podcasts:

  • Leadership Podcast, enter #028 in search box, audio (43 minutes) Carey Nieuwhof shares advice on how to create high performing teams in any size organization.
  • Power of Team – Part 1Part 2Part 3 – Andy Stanley shares on the power of team in a three part series. (22, 17, and 20 minutes respectively)

 

Supervising Church Staff

Books/Articles:

  • The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapters 26, 27, 28

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Planning and Leading Worship Services

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Managing Strategic Planning Processes

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Developing Leaders

Books/Articles:

  • The Art of Christian Leadership by Jon Byler, 2009, (Amazon), Chapter 8
  • What’s My Shape (Rosedale Mennonite Missions)
  • The Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling for People Helpers by Gary Collins (Amazon)

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Overseeing Technology and Computers

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Counseling

Giving Spiritual Guidance to Individuals

Books/Articles

  • The Mystery of God’s Will by Charles Swindoll (Amazon)
  • The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 11
  • Solution Focused Pastoral Counseling by Charles Kollar (Amazon)

Podcasts:

  • Truth in Love by Association of Certified Biblical CounselorsA large collection of 10-minute podcasts on a variety of topics encountered in pastoral counseling with practical solutions from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. This is accessible through I-Tunes.

 

Helping Troubled Marriages

Books/Articles:

  • Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs (Amazon)
  • The Prodigal Spouse by Les Carter (Amazon)
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller (Amazon)
  • When Your Marriage Needs HelpFocus on the Family

Videos:

  • Couples – 6-8 hours of video instruction in marriage enrichment available from the Marriage Resource Center in Springfield, Ohio

 

Assisting with Parenting Issues

Books/Articles:

  • How to Really Love Your Teen by Ross Campbell (Amazon)
  • How to Really Love Your Child by Ross Campbell (Amazon)

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Resourcing Those Suffering From Grief and Loss

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Videos:

  • The Grieving Process: Coping with Death  (4 minute) Animated video that illustrates the grieving process, especially grief from death.
  • Grief Work (CMC Equipper video) – Lynette Showalter speaks on Waiting with people who grieve. (10-15 minutes)

 

Providing Premarital Counseling

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Making Referrals for Counseling

Books/Articles

Videos:

  • Making Referrals Work – A Christian mental health therapist gives guidance on how to make counseling referrals and help members follow through on the referrals. (10 minutes)

 

Pastoral Care

Providing for the Visitation of Members

Books/Articles:

  • The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapters 7, 10
  • Mastering Pastoral Care by Bruce Larson (Amazon)

 

Providing for Hospital Calls

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Leading Funerals

Books/Articles

  • Minister’s Manual (Mennonite) – Mennomedia
  • See The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 20

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Leading Communion

Books/Articles:

  • Minister’s Manual (Mennonite) – Mennomedia
  • See The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 17

 

Preparing for and Leading Baptisms

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Leading Wedding Services

Books/Articles:

  • Minister’s Manual (Mennonite) – Mennomedia
  • See The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 19

 

Leading Child Dedications

Books/Articles:

  • Minister’s Manual (Mennonite) – Mennomedia
  • See The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 21

 

Providing for Membership Classes

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Providing for Visitor Follow-up

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Managing Conflict

Books/Articles:       

  • See The Peacemaker by Ken Sande (Amazon)
  • See Mastering Conflict and Controversy, Marshall Shelly (Amazon)
  • See Managing Polarities in Congregations, Roy Oswald and Barry Johnson (Amazon)

Videos:

  • Leading Towards Unity (CMC Equipper video) – CMC Pastor, Merle Nisly discusses how to maintain unity in the church. (15 minutes) 

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Developing Child Abuse Policy in the Local Church

Books/Articles:

  • Child Abuse Prevention by Christian Law Association, christianlaw.org
  • On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju (Amazon)

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Preaching

Preparing A Sermon

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Delivering A Sermon

Books/Articles:

  • A Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery by Al Fasol

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Discipleship

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Evangelism/Missions

Planning Outreach Events for the Unchurched

Books/Articles:

  • The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 18
  • Mastering Outreach and Evangelism, Myron Augsburger

 

Fostering a Culture of Evangelism in the Church

Books/Articles:

  • Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels (Amazon)

 

Involving the Local Church in Inviting the Nations to Worship Jesus