Pastoral Skills


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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

Equipper Video:

~Church Structure – Brian Hershberger shares principles for keeping the church organizational structure simple. (15 minutes)

Podcast:

~Committees and Mistakes – Pastor Gabe Lawson shares advice for new pastors regarding working with existing committees and leadership teams. (9 min)

Leading the pastoral team

Books/Article

~The Art of Christian Leadership by Jon Byler, 2009, (Amazon), Chapter 10

~Leading and Managing Your Church, Carl George, (Amazon), Chapters 6,7

Podcasts:

~What Churches Need to Do When Christians Are the Minority – Carey Nieuwhof  shares advice on how to create high performing teams in any size organization. (43 minutes)

http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndyStanleyLeadershipPodcast   (22 minutes) Andy Stanley shares on the power of team in a three part series. Part 2 (17 minutes) and Part 3 (20 minutes).

 

 

Supervising church staff (if applicable)

        Books/Articles:

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

 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyWOdShi9BI  (4 minutes) Ron Vietti shares tips on how to affirm and challenge employees to create a great working environment.

 

       

 

       

        Planning and leading worship services

               Books/Articles

 

        Managing strategic planning processes

               Books/Articles: https://smartchurchmanagement.com/church-strategic-planning/

 

Podcasts: http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s2-e9-greg-hawkins-oak-hills-church/  (40 minutes) Greg Hawkins discusses how to implement a strategic planning process.

 

 

        Developing leaders

               Books/Articles:

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

              

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubyK4RJKJQU (57 minutes) John Maxwell shares five levels of leadership.

 

Podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast   (72 minutes) Carey Nieuwhof interviews Todd Adkins on leadership development.

              

http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndyStanleyLeadershipPodcast   (17 minutes) Andy Stanley gives easy and effective ways to delegate.

 

 

        Overseeing technology and computers

               Books/Articles:

              

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgtmnO2A9aY  (6 minutes) Church media professionals share their opinions of media in a church ministry context.

              

Podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast (66 minutes) Cary Nieuwhof interviews Steve Fogg on building an online and social media ministry for your church.

 

   http://blog.capterra.com/church-technology-podcasts/ Top 10 Church Tech Podcasts

 

 

 

 

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: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/truth-in-love/id1003845008?mt=2

A 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:

 

Videos: http://www.mrcmv.org/couples.html  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)

 

Videos:  http://www.equipper.tv/?page_id=8  (10-15 minutes) CMC’s Equipper series includes offerings from Key Principles for Parents (Tom Bender) and Family Systems (Steve Swartz)

 

 

Resourcing those suffering from grief and loss

        Books/Articles:

 

        Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYL4PC0hyk  (4 minute) Animated video that illustrates the grieving process, especially grief from death.

 

        http://www.equipper.tv/?page_id=8 (10-15 minutes) In CMC’s Equipper series, Lynette Showalter speaks on Waiting with people who grieve.

 

 

Providing pre-marriage counseling

        Books/Articles:

 

Videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pW3J_FJ46M  (8 minutes) Explains and defends pre-marriage counseling

 

 

        Making referrals for counseling

               Books/Articles

 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yk7P1BR_m8 (10 minutes) A Christian mental health therapist gives guidance on how to make counseling referrals and help members follow through on the referrals.

 

 

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)

 

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6X3kVFYDKA (25 minutes) How to make the most of pastoral visits
Podcasts: https://poddirectory.com/e/NwYz47  (25 Minutes) Effective Pastoral Visitation

 

 

 

 

Providing for hospital calls

        Books/Articles:

 

        Videos:

 

 

Leading funerals

        Books/Articles

 

        Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTo0porJJIo (6 minutes) How to conduct a funeral: Meeting with the family

 

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcEP24nO99k  (7 minutes) How to conduct a funeral: Preparing a funeral message

 

 

Leading communion

        Books/Articles:

 

 

Preparing for and leading baptisms

        Books/Articles:

 

 

Leading wedding services

        Books/Articles:

  • Minister’s Manual – Mennonite http://store.mennomedia.org/Ministers-Manual-1998-English-P201.aspx
  • See The Effective Pastor by Robert C. Anderson (Amazon), Chapter 19

 

 

 

Leading child dedications

        Books/Articles:

 

 

Providing for membership classes

        Books/Articles:

 

 

Providing for visitor follow-up

        Books/Articles:

 

        Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsMkyVSv7sY (7 Minute) Welcoming guests to the church service         

 

 

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: http://www.equipper.tv/?page_id=30    (15 minutes) In CMC’s Equipper series, Merle Nisly discusses how to maintain unity in the church.

 

Podcasts: http://www.lifeway.com/leadership/2016/05/20/episode-93-conflict-management/ (32 Minutes) Church leaders discuss how to handle conflict well.

 

 

        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)

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7eJXSUEX4 (38 minutes) A lawyer and denominational leader discuss child sexual abuse policies in the local church

Preaching

 

Preparing a sermon

        Books/Articles:

  • Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson, (Amazon)
  • Mastering Contemporary Preaching, Bill Hybels (Amazon)
  • Preaching the Great Themes of the Bible, Chevis Horne (Amazon)
  • Communicating For A Change, Andy Stanley (Amazon)
  • http://www.propreacher.com/the-1-thing-young-pastors-can-do-today-to-improve-their-preaching/

       

   Videos: http://www.equipper.tv/?page_id=103  (10-15 Minutes) In CMC’s Equipper series, Pastors Alvin Yoder, Max Zook, Jim Miller, and Tim Yoder each share how they prepare a sermon.

 

 

Delivering a sermon

        Books/Articles:

  • A Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery by Al Fasol

 

        Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm2DyGRdLLw (24 minutes) Tips to deliver your sermon effectively through voice quality, pitch, and hand gestures

 

        Podcasts: https://www.hbcharlesjr.com/2016/12/21/042-basic-tips-for-effective-sermon-delivery-podcast  (20 minutes each) A number of podcasts on preaching are listed on this site, including delivery, and are accessed through I-Tunes.

       

 

 

Discipleship

       

        Books/Articles:

 

Videos: http://www.equipper.tv/?page_id=30  (10-15 minutes) In CMC’s Equipper series, Pastors Darren Peachey and Phil Schrock share about discipleship.

 

 

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)

 

Podcasts: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cnlpodcast  (76 minutes) Carey Nieuwhof NLP123 How to have meaningful, life-giving conversations with non-Christians.

 

 

        Involving the local church in inviting the nations to worship Jesus

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