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So You Want to be a Pastor

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Length: 22 hours of video and 1,000+ study questions
Includes: Videos and study questions
Age/Grade: 11th – 12th Grades
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How to Use This Course

This incredible video course is a great resource for high schoolers who feel called into the ministry. The course is divided into five sections and covers topics including being a new pastor, dealing with conflict, building confidence in your leaders, ministering to families, discipling, global missions, and much more. It includes more than 300 video clips totaling over 22 hours of content and includes more than 1,000 study questions.

Course Introduction

The course is divided into five sections and covers the following topics:

Part One: Pastor Basics (app. 15 hours and 700 study questions)

  • Dangerous Calling: The call to pastoral ministry can be a dangerous one. Pitfalls litter the path of parish life. With hazards both seen and unseen, what must you do to protect your ministry and your family?
  • To the New Guy: You’ve just landed your first job as a pastor . . . now what.
  • From Pastors, to Pastors: A pastor’s life can be jampacked with worship services, sermon planning, and potluck lunches. How should pastors tackle all that’s demanded in pastoral ministry? This series looks at preaching, time management, mentorship, and the Sabbath.
  • In Pursuit of the Pastorate: Finding a new pastor can be difficult on a congregation. But the process also poses significant challenges for the candidates looking for a job.
  • Multiply: God wants disciples of Jesus to make other disciples of Jesus. This video series is a simple, practical, Biblical, helpful, and personal resource to help you understand Scripture and give you the tools to disciple others.
  • Biblical Authority in an Age of Uncertainty: Every generation of the church has to contend with challenges—whether outright persecution or the more subtle theological shifts brought about by cultural trends. So how do we preach the Bible authoritatively when many struggle to place their confidence in Scripture?
  • From Mud to Masterpiece: When you look at others, do you just see the “mud” of sin in their lives, or do you see the “masterpiece” that God is creating in them?
  • What Is Church? Many churches have wooden pews, peppy worship music, and emphatic preachers. Is that all there is to a good church, or is it something more?
  • Deep and Wide: Local churches should be characterized by deep roots and wide reaches, theologically sound and culturally relevant places unchurched people love to attend.
  • 3 Questions to Engage Others in Their Beliefs: Do you find yourself having a hard time during conversations with nonbelievers? Are you finding it difficult to connect with them?
  • 4 Steps to Avoid Youth Pastor Burnout: Burnout can subtly threaten most youth pastors, but some invite it by trying to do too much or failing to take care of themselves.
  • 4 Tips for Presentation Preparation: These four tips for preparing a public speech can help you as you prepare your own presentation.
  • 7 Secrets to Being an Influence: You have the privilege and responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others for Christ.
  • A Christian Response to Suffering: The Christian walk isn’t always sunshine and daisies. Houses burn down, best friends die, and children abandon their faith. How can God allow Christians to suffer, and how should Christians react to hardship?
  • A Church’s Response to “Soul Weariness”: It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by today’s pressures from work, family, and relationships, but what happens when busyness turns into despair?
  • A Foolproof Way to Kill Your Ministry and Destroy Your Family: Whether in the church or outside its walls, at its core, ministry is about serving others. But what happens when ministry is no longer about the ones you serve or the One you serve, but about you? This author shares from his personal experience how a self-focus nearly killed his ministry and destroyed his family.
  • A Message to Young Pastors and Church Planters: Young pastors and church planters often have big dreams for the ways God will use them and their ministries. This video speaks directly to these leaders, offering a warning and some wisdom.
  • A Pastor’s Time with the Lord: This video explores the importance of daily time with the Lord.
  • Applying the Gospel to Life and Ministry: Every Christian has intellectually assented to the message of the Gospel, but many people have trouble getting to the next step of living and speaking Jesus’ grace.
  • Awkward Texts and Unfamiliar Books: Every pastor faces the challenges that come with preaching certain portions of the Bible. What does it look like to faithfully shepherd when difficulties in the Bible arise?
  • Basics of Sermon Preparation: What does it look like for preachers to be faithful and effective in sermon preparation week in and week out?
  • Bless Your World: In the covenant God made with Abraham, God revealed that Abraham’s descendants were to be a blessing to the nations. How do we, as Christians, bless the world around us?
  • Building a Disciple-Focused Church: Discipleship and church planting are not only integral to the mission of the church, but often work hand in hand.
  • Building Confidence in Your Team: This video challenges church planters to praise those they work with instead of looking to find fault.
  • Building the Right Church by Using the “Wrong” People: This video talks about how to unleash the church to reach the world with their own unique gifts.
  • Can I Be a Non-Shepherding Pastor? How closely tied are the responsibilities of shepherding to those of pastoral leadership? Can they be separated and still provide effective guidance of the church?
  • Changing the World Through God’s Word: What happens when church leaders train, lead, and encourage people to stay on mission by teaching them to love the Scriptures?
  • Combat Consumeristic Christianity: There is an undeniable trend in Western Christianity that sees the church as a place to consume. This video shares how the Gospel is the only effective tool to combat the growing problem of consumeristic Christianity.
  • Community Is a Biblical Mandate: How do you create Biblical Community?
  • Dealing with Conflict: Every team or relationship will eventually have to deal with conflict. How can you Biblically resolve conflict?
  • Dealing with Criticism: It can be difficult to receive critical remarks. Are they valid assessments or an expression of disapproval?
  • Dealing with Rejection in Ministry: For pastors, rejection has many faces. It can come in the face of a mentor, co-laborer, or even a friend. This video encourages pastors dealing with rejection to stay on mission by trusting God with the growth of their ministry.
  • Does Church Size Matter? Some churches are large; some are small. Is one church size better or more valuable than the other?
  • Don’t Discount Rural Ministry: A growing trend among evangelical circles is that of church planting in metropolitan areas. When considering where to land for fruitful ministry, is it better to go to the city? Or does rural ministry still matter?
  • Encouragement for Student Pastors: This video offers encouragement and guidance for those who have been called by God to be Student Pastors.
  • Every Ministry Leader Needs a Mentor: A focus of Paul’s ministry was to strengthen churches by training and developing their leaders.
  • Give Them an Example to Follow: If you want people to be intentional about living out the Gospel, start by giving them an example to follow.
  • Growing Your Church Means Growing Disciples: “We have something wonderful to offer, so why are more people not coming here to hear it?” Every pastor knows this feeling and the accompanying temptation to focus attention on attendance as a sign of success. What focus can fix this issue in more ways than one?
  • Handling the Tough Questions: When we see people profess the Bible to be God’s Word but not even attempt to live it out, it could cause us to doubt the church, God, and even our faith.
  • How to Endure the Days of Small Things: At one point or another, church leaders will find themselves discouraged because things are not moving as planned. This video challenges every minister and leader to trust the power of God to accomplish the goals they have set out to do and to continue to work within the days of small things.
  • How to Know Your Community: If you are in church leadership, you understand the pressing need to know your community and local culture, but what’s the best way to do that?
  • How to Live What You Preach: It’s a pastor’s job to explain how God wants us to live, but how often does the congregation get to see their leaders practicing what they preach?
  • How to Make Your Teaching Memorable: People learn differently. If all you do is lecture, you’ll lose your audience!
  • How to Study the Word and Master It: We are often called to be “doers” for God instead of “learners” of God, but the heart cannot love what the mind does not know.
  • Impact the Culture: This video reminds us that the culture around us needs God’s grace, and we have been tasked to share it.
  • Is a Good Pastor a Bad Parent? Pastors preach sermons, care for a congregation, attend meetings, and parent their children. Is it possible to be a good pastor and a good parent?
  • Is God Hidden? Some parts of the Bible make God sound like a master of disguise—hidden from sight and knowledge. Is that really how God acts?
  • Is God Sovereign? Robots only do what their maker programs them to do. Are we programmed like robots, since God created us and is sovereign over everything?
  • Is the Pulpit Political? Some pastors choose to preach on political issues while others avoid politics altogether. Should pastors talk about the government in their sermons?
  • Life Lessons for Young Pastors: All of us can look back on our lives and identify lessons we wish we had learned earlier. God is faithful to teach us what we need to know when we need to know it, but there is value in hearing from those more seasoned than us.
  • Linger with God: In Genesis 18, Abraham encounters God in a unique way. Listen as songwriter and worship leader Jennie Riddle shares what she learned about lingering with God through that story.
  • Love Letter from God: What if we saw the Bible less like a history book and more like a love letter?
  • Make Time to Be Near the Lost: As a church grows, it could become easier for a pastor to get isolated within the church community. This video reminds pastors why it’s so important to stay close to those who are far from God.
  • Making Disciples Is a Church Priority: This video discusses the place of disciple-making on the local church’s list of priorities.
  • Move Students from Spectators to Participants: How do you get that student off the back row and into the mix so they are engaged in the Gospel?
  • Multiply Leadership Through Discipleship: The demands placed on you as a church leader can pull you in many different directions, often distracting you from one of your primary callings—discipleship.
  • Open the Door to Love and Serve Others: Fulfilling God’s charge has everything to do with loving, serving, and engaging people. But what can we do about a culture that’s becoming more and more closed off and skeptical toward each other?
  • Overcome the Challenge of Discipleship: Pastors can sometimes feel as though they can’t engage in personal discipleship due to the demands on their time. How can church leaders contribute to the Great Commission while simultaneously balancing their additional responsibilities?
  • Pastor, Don’t Become a Statistic: It seems like all the time there is news of another prominent Christian leader who has succumbed to a fall or moral failure. This video shares about the pervasive reality of moral failures and flawed thinking that easily sets you on a trajectory toward failure.
  • Pastoring a Large Church: If you are a pastor of a large church, you might wonder how to lead and edify your congregation without burning out. What is the best way to pastor so many people?
  • Prioritize Your Ministry Life: In ministry, often it can seem as though a constant barrage of urgent tasks all demand your attention. This video shares practical ways to prioritize your time and make room for the important people and activities in your life.
  • Put Your Family First: Family is your number one ministry.
  • Recognize Your Competence: Many churches lack confidence in their ability to address struggles in their congregation.
  • Seasoned Preachers, Beware: Young or old, every pastor faces certain dangers and temptations throughout the course of ministry. What are some of the specific issues facing seasoned ministers today?
  • Seek Revival: Throughout history, there have been numerous periods of Christian revival around the world, but is it something God continues to do today?
  • Senior Pastor to Youth Pastor: The Gap Between: Many youth pastors report that they feel a disconnect between themselves and the senior pastor. This video offers advice to both sides of this relational gap.
  • Should We Preach to the Affections? Depending on who you ask, there are strong opinions about the proper target for preaching. Should we aim for the affections or the mind? Or is there a healthy way in which both can be addressed through the proclamation of God’s Word?
  • Teaching Presentations That Engage Your Youth: This video shares tips for finding and using effective multimedia in order to present lessons that engage your students.
  • The Effectiveness of Multiplication: Multiplication is one of the best ways for churches to work to reach their cities for Christ.
  • The Effective Pastor Multiplies: If God has made you a leader in the church, you are responsible for multiplication.
  • The Essence of Revival: What do we mean when we use the term “revival”? Is it a Biblical concept we should invest in today?
  • The Mission of the Church Matters: Few things are as fulfilling as being used by God. As pastors, our goal is that our lives and the church we serve would be used by God to make a difference for His Kingdom. But we can’t do that alone.
  • The Relevance of Preaching: What is the place of preaching in life today? And what does it mean for someone to preach authoritatively, but with humility?
  • Understand Your Senior Pastor: Sometimes it’s difficult to cultivate a relationship with your boss. This can be true even when you work on a church staff.
  • Unleashing the Church: Every week, people from all walks of life gather within the walls of the church to worship. As church leaders, how can we lead people toward transforming their work, neighborhood, and the world?
  • Unlock the Unused Potential in Your Church: Successful businesses excel at identifying the potential of their employees, then equipping them to use their abilities to their maximum potential. Sadly, this type of thing is something many churches simply aren’t doing with their members.
  • What Does It Mean to Think Theologically? Christians throw around the word “theology” all the time. But what does it really look like to think theologically?
  • What Every Discouraged Leader Needs to Remember: Every church leader will experience discouragement at one point or another in their ministry. This video encourages church leaders to trust God and motivates them to stay faithful and grounded in the Word of God.
  • When Staff and Lay Elders Collide: Because the church is made up of sinners, there will always be conflict—even among its leadership. When an elder board is made up of paid staff and lay members, tension is inevitable. What does it look like for a Senior Pastor to navigate this challenge with grace and mercy?
  • Who Is the Main Attraction at Your Church? Believers have been entrusted with the message of the Gospel and are called to be ambassadors for Christ.
  • Why Churches Get Stuck in Their Ways: This video shares practical tips for churches to morph and change in method in order to reach the current culture, while remaining true to their solid Biblical foundation.
  • Why Clarity Is Important: Does your ministry have a clear vision?
  • Why Does God Use the Weak? David was the youngest of twelve brothers—a mere shepherd boy who obeyed God, ended up slaying a giant, and eventually became king. Why does God use weak people to accomplish His purposes?
  • What Good Is Secular Psychology? Christian psychology is making more and more valuable contributions to the Church, but what about secular psychology? What can Christians learn from the secular sciences?
  • The Christian Life in Cultural Revolution: As the sexual revolution continues to gain momentum, Christians wonder how to respond. There are ways to engage the culture without condoning its redefinition of sexuality.
  • Antidote to Arrogance: What should Christians do when their enthusiasm for Christ becomes arrogance? How can believers guard themselves against pride?
  • Reflecting the One Who Loves Us: Reflecting the One who loves us and saved us is the most captivating way for believers to reach the unbelieving world with the Gospel message of Christ.
  • Expand Your Reach: If you’re spending time online, you’re having some kind of impact globally. What does this mean for the kingdom?
  • Find and Implement Great Ideas: Businesses work with idea development all the time. This video highlights some of those concepts and applies it to the church.
  • Deeper Teaching vs. Deeper Application: Worried that your teaching is too shallow for some or too deep for others?
  • Crafting an Environment of Discipleship: This video shares a strategy for facilitating the discipleship process.
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Evangelism: For many Christians, the very thought of evangelism causes apprehension. But this likely has much more to do with misconceptions about sharing faith than a lack of spiritual maturity.
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Staff Management: Selecting the right people for the right positions can be a daunting task. On top of that is the challenge of keeping them both motivated and encouraged in their roles.
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Church Finance: Whether you’re creating a new budget, seeing a decline in giving by members, or launching a new fundraising initiative, church finance can be a tough topic.
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Biblical Eldership: The Bible has much to say about the responsibilities and requirements of church leadership. But what does it look like to apply those Biblical principles in your local congregation?

Part Two: Family and Youth Ministries (approximately 80 minutes and 60 study questions)

  • Successful Family Ministry: The few hours kids spend in church each week are important in growing their faith, but the real work of discipleship happens at home. How can your church help equip parents in their role as the primary disciple makers of their children?
  • 3 Ways to Shift Your Church’s Culture Toward Family: What can church leaders do to teach their people about the importance of family?
  • 7 Ways Pastors Can Minister to Families: When many people consider places families can go to get help, they think of counselors or psychiatrists but not the local church. Shouldn’t our churches be the first place someone goes when they need help with family relationships?
  • Intentional Cross-Generational Ministry: Without question, there is a significant gap in culture between the folks in the Senior Adult Sunday School Class and the students in the youth room. However, this does not mean that God can’t do something powerful when you get them in the same room.
  • How Churches Can Engage Individuals with Disabilities: Many families who face life with a disability find themselves grieving, hurt, and unsure about their place in the church.
  • Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly: Around 90% of families affected by special needs don’t regularly attend church. The sad reality is that many churches just aren’t equipped to minister to them well.
  • 10 Ways to Serve Parents of Special Needs Children: Parents of special needs children face unique challenges. Often even well-intentioned people fail to understand some of these challenges.
  • Lead Young People with Love and Truth: This post discusses the particular challenges for young people today and how we can minister to them well in light of these challenges.
  • Walk into Their World: Are we fishers of men or keepers of aquariums? This video explains the importance of stepping into the world of our students to reach them for Christ.
  • A Proper Focus on Next Generation Ministry: Too often next generation ministries, especially student ministry, are viewed as holding tanks with pizza, waiting areas until young people get old enough to actually engage in their own spiritual journey. This video describes the importance of churches taking seriously the transmission of the Gospel to the next generation.

Part Three: Society and Culture (approximately 60 minutes and 40 study questions)

  • How to Pastor a Multi-Ethnic Church: The demographics of North America are more diverse than ever before. As our culture becomes more diverse, our churches will reflect the ethnic and cultural changes.
  • How Your Church Can Help the Vulnerable: Many of us have a desire to help organizations who work in advocacy. Yet, many times, we don’t know what to look for or where to begin.
  • A Gospel Approach to Poverty Ministries: Despite good intentions, Christian-based poverty ministries often end up harming the poor rather than helping them. At the root of the problem is a misunderstanding of the essence of poverty.
  • The One in Front of You: Esther Havens, humanitarian photographer, has witnessed poverty in many forms all around the world. God has broken her heart for the poor, and she encourages all of us to do our part in the struggle against poverty, just one person at a time with whomever God has placed in front of you.
  • Seek the Welfare of Your City: We see pain and injustice in our cities, and we often feel powerless to make a difference. What is our role as the body of Christ in our communities? Where do we even start?
  • Motivating My Church to Get Outside the Walls: Church is more than just Sunday morning.
  • Move Beyond Awareness to Action: It is so easy to hear about an issue of injustice and become impassioned, only to have that fervor fizzle out.
  • Promoting Missional Living in Your Church: The best thing church leaders can do to promote missional living is to get people active outside the church walls.
  • The Gospel Declared and Demonstrated: Should we separate the preaching of the Gospel from works of social justice? When we lack a clear distinction between the two, do we risk the possibility of confusing the essence of the Gospel with the fruit it produces?

Part Four: Leadership and Small Groups (approximately 3 hours and 150 study questions)

 

  • Shepherd the Flock: Elders and the Local Church: Setting apart individuals for the care and oversight of the local church body is an incredibly important task.
  • Building Your Team for Ministry: How do you identity strong leaders to help you with your vision?
  • Build Leaders by the Book: Have you ever had a tough time finding someone to step into a leadership role at your church?
  • Business Leaders Are Front-Line Ministers: Marketplace leaders have the opportunity during the week to impact people around them who may never step through the doors of the church.
  • Encouraging Hesitant Leaders: Being hesitant to lead isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
  • Developing a Process of Multiplication in Your Church: Developing a process to train and equip more pastors and more leaders can impact the ministry Christ has called us to.
  • Empowering Young Leaders: How do you mentor and empower young leaders in your church?
  • Empower Your Leaders: Do you trust your staff to lead without you?
  • Equip and Encourage Business Leaders: How are we challenging people to worship with their lives every day and not just during a Sunday morning service?
  • Equip Business Leaders to Disciple: As a pastor, you’ve spent hours studying the Word of God to share it with others. But how do the men and women who work in the business world do ministry?
  • Growing Strong Men in Your Church: This video addresses the need for men in the church and shares how one church brings men into their congregation and builds them up as strong leaders.
  • How Can a Pastor Send People Out on Mission? Churches should always send people out, but in order to do that we need to lead them.
  • How Church Leaders Can Serve Business Leaders: How do church leaders send church members out into the world on mission for the Gospel?
  • How to Pastor Business Leaders: For pastors who have little experience in the business world, equipping and encouraging business leaders can seem like a challenge.
  • Identify and Develop Leaders in the Church: We talk a lot about leadership development in the church today, but what does it look like on a practical level? How should local church leaders seek to raise up new leaders through sound Biblical guidance?
  • Small Roles, Big Kingdom Impact: In God’s Kingdom, there are no insignificant or unimportant roles.
  • Six Things Every Leadership Team Needs to Know: When it comes to leadership, some of the most widely held beliefs just don’t hold up. These faulty ideas have resulted in countless well-intentioned but poor decisions, especially when it comes to planning, evaluating, and creating new programs.
  • Prepared for Influence: God calls His people to many forms of influence. The church has an important part to play in rightly stewarding the development of future leaders. What are some practical measures for pastors today in pursuing the responsibility of developing young leaders?
  • Effective Leadership Development in the Church: Scripture tends to be more descriptive than prescriptive when it comes to providing a framework for pastoral development. Nonetheless, God has ordained the development of new leaders within His church.
  • Trusting Your Team During Adversity: Have you ever had to work with people you don’t trust or who only work toward their own personal agendas?
  • Embrace Our Differences: What if our differences do not have to cause division, but complete the whole picture of the body of Christ?
  • Be a Servant: This video explains how giving to others sits at the core of the servant’s heart.
  • Multiplying Your Leadership: Discipleship is essential to the Christian faith. It is the word Jesus chose to frame the Great Commission. What is true discipleship, and what does it mean to multiply?
  • Get Your Team Moving in the Same Direction: Do your meetings tend to cause more problems than productive results?
  • Answer Jesus’ Prayer for Unity: Jesus prayed that his followers would be united—that they’d be one.
  • Building Community Among Your Leaders: Even leaders need encouragement.
  • Building Confidence in Your Leaders: It’s hard to lead with confidence if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  • Encourage Your Group Pastor: The pastor overseeing small groups on your staff has a unique opportunity to mold and shape the connectivity and outreach of your entire congregation. So how can you encourage and equip them?
  • Pastor, It’s Time to Join a Small Group: Do you champion the values of community and close fellowship among the believers in your church? Are you encouraging your church members to join small groups from the pulpit? If you are, you have a great opportunity to practice what you preach.
  • Take Care of Your Group Leaders: Pastors charged with the oversight of a small group ministry have a great opportunity to build-up and equip group leaders.

Part Five: Global Missions (approximately 110 minutes and 50 study questions)

  • Is the Mission of the Church “Missional”? In recent years, “missional” has become a buzzword for Christian living, but what do we mean when we call something missional? Are we describing the purpose Jesus had in mind when He entrusted His disciples with the Great Commission?
  • How Should We Approach World Missions? Our world seems to be getting smaller and smaller as technology connects people and cultures. Should we adjust the way we practice global missions since the world keeps changing?
  • Assess and Develop Potential Missionaries: It’s a myth that only mission agencies and seminaries should assess and develop potential missionaries. The local church plays a vital role, too.
  • Missions in the Local Church: Churches put on VBS, feed the homeless, and organize Sunday services. But, what does it look like for a church to have a mission ministry?
  • How to Nurture and Send Missionaries: Talking about missions and sending church members is great, but what does it look like on the practical level?
  • Advice to Churches from Missionaries: Missionaries often form a relationship with stateside churches for support while they live overseas. If missionaries could give open advice to churches, what would they say?
  • Partnership Essentials: When a church, Christian organization, or mission agency wants to form a partnership, what are practical steps they can take?
  • Muslims and the Church: This video provides three perspectives on how to engage Muslims in North America with the Gospel.
  • God Is at Work Everywhere: We say that war-torn countries, nations plagued with corruption, and international human trafficking demonstrate godlessness. But is any place truly godless?
  • Church and Mission Agencies as Partners: Mission agencies have sent missionaries overseas to plant churches for decades. As the church seeks to plant churches worldwide, they can benefit from partnerships with mission organizations.

Global Trends in Missions: Past trends in missions include the 10/40 window and the idea of unreached people groups. What trends are occurring today?

Part One: Pastor Basics (app. 15 hours and 700 study questions)

  • Dangerous Calling
  • To the New Guy
  • From Pastors, to Pastors
  • In Pursuit of the Pastorate
  • Multiply
  • Biblical Authority in an Age of Uncertainty
  • From Mud to Masterpiece
  • What Is Church?
  • Deep and Wide
  • Christ-Centered Leadership
  • The Power of a Counterintuitive Gospel
  • Closing the Sunday to Monday Gap
  • 3 Questions to Engage Others in Their Beliefs
  • 4 Steps to Avoid Youth Pastor Burnout
  • 4 Tips for Presentation Preparation
  • 7 Secrets to Being an Influence
  • A Christian Response to Suffering
  • A Church’s Response to “Soul Weariness”
  • A Foolproof Way to Kill Your Ministry and Destroy Your Family
  • A Message to Young Pastors and Church Planters
  • A Pastor’s Time with the Lord
  • Applying the Gospel to Life and Ministry
  • Awkward Texts and Unfamiliar Books
  • Basics of Sermon Preparation
  • Bless Your World
  • Building a Disciple-Focused Church
  • Building Confidence in Your Team
  • Building the Right Church by Using the “Wrong” People
  • Can I Be a Non-Shepherding Pastor?
  • Changing the World Through God’s Word
  • Combat Consumeristic Christianity
  • Community Is a Biblical Mandate
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Dealing with Criticism
  • Dealing with Rejection in Ministry
  • Does Church Size Matter?
  • Don’t Discount Rural Ministry
  • Encouragement for Student Pastors
  • Every Ministry Leader Needs a Mentor
  • Give Them an Example to Follow
  • Growing Your Church Means Growing Disciples
  • Handling the Tough Questions
  • How to Endure the Days of Small Things
  • How to Know Your Community
  • How to Live What You Preach
  • How to Make Your Teaching Memorable
  • How to Study the Word and Master It
  • Impact the Culture
  • Is a Good Pastor a Bad Parent?
  • Is God Hidden?
  • Is God Sovereign?
  • Is the Pulpit Political?
  • Life Lessons for Young Pastors
  • Linger with God
  • Love Letter from God
  • Make Time to Be Near the Lost
  • Making Disciples Is a Church Priority
  • Move Students from Spectators to Participants
  • Multiply Leadership Through Discipleship
  • Open the Door to Love and Serve Others
  • Overcome the Challenge of Discipleship
  • Pastor, Don’t Become a Statistic
  • Pastoring a Large Church
  • Prioritize Your Ministry Life
  • Recognize Your Competence
  • Seasoned Preachers, Beware
  • Seek Revival
  • Senior Pastor to Youth Pastor: The Gap Between
  • Should We Preach to the Affections?
  • Teaching Presentations That Engage Your Youth
  • The Effectiveness of Multiplication
  • The Effective Pastor Multiplies
  • The Essence of Revival
  • The Mission of the Church Matters
  • The Relevance of Preaching
  • Understand Your Senior Pastor
  • Unleashing the Church
  • Unlock the Unused Potential in Your Church
  • What Does It Mean to Think Theologically?
  • What Every Discouraged Leader Needs to Remember
  • When Staff and Lay Elders Collide
  • Who Is the Main Attraction at Your Church?
  • Why Churches Get Stuck in Their Ways
  • Why Clarity Is Important
  • Why Does God Use the Weak?
  • What Good Is Secular Psychology?
  • The Christian Life in Cultural Revolution
  • Antidote to Arrogance
  • Reflecting the One Who Loves Us
  • Expand Your Reach
  • Find and Implement Great Ideas
  • Deeper Teaching vs. Deeper Application
  • Crafting an Environment of Discipleship
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Evangelism
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Staff Management
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Church Finance
  • A Nuts and Bolts Look at Biblical Eldership

Part Two: Family and Youth Ministries (approximately 80 minutes and 60 study questions)

  • Successful Family Ministry
  • 3 Ways to Shift Your Church’s Culture Toward Family
  • 7 Ways Pastors Can Minister to Families
  • Intentional Cross-Generational Ministry
  • How Churches Can Engage Individuals with Disabilities
  • Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly
  • 10 Ways to Serve Parents of Special Needs Children
  • Lead Young People with Love and Truth
  • Walk into Their World
  • A Proper Focus on Next Generation Ministry

Part Three: Society and Culture (approximately 60 minutes and 40 study questions)

  • How to Pastor a Multi-Ethnic Church
  • How Your Church Can Help the Vulnerable
  • A Gospel Approach to Poverty Ministries
  • The One in Front of You
  • Seek the Welfare of Your City
  • Motivating My Church to Get Outside the Walls
  • Move Beyond Awareness to Action
  • Promoting Missional Living in Your Church
  • The Gospel Declared and Demonstrated

Part Four: Leadership and Small Groups (approximately 3 hours and 150 study questions)

 

  • Shepherd the Flock: Elders and the Local Church
  • Building Your Team for Ministry
  • Build Leaders by the Book
  • Business Leaders Are Front Line Ministers
  • Encouraging Hesitant Leaders
  • Developing a Process of Multiplication in Your Church
  • Empowering Young Leaders
  • Empower Your Leaders
  • Equip and Encourage Business Leaders
  • Equip Business Leaders to Disciple
  • Growing Strong Men in Your Church
  • How Can a Pastor Send People Out on Mission?
  • How Church Leaders Can Serve Business Leaders
  • How to Pastor Business Leaders
  • Identify and Develop Leaders in the Church
  • Small Roles, Big Kingdom Impact
  • Six Things Every Leadership Team Needs to Know
  • Prepared for Influence
  • Effective Leadership Development in the Church
  • Trusting Your Team During Adversity
  • Embrace Our Differences
  • Be a Servant
  • Multiplying Your Leadership
  • Get Your Team Moving in the Same Direction
  • Answer Jesus’ Prayer for Unity
  • Building Community Among Your Leaders
  • Building Confidence in Your Leaders
  • Encourage Your Group Pastor
  • Pastor, It’s Time to Join a Small Group
  • Take Care of Your Group Leaders

Part Five: Global Missions (approximately 110 minutes and 50 study questions)

  • Is the Mission of the Church “Missional”?
  • How Should We Approach World Missions?
  • Assess and Develop Potential Missionaries
  • Missions in the Local Church
  • How to Nurture and Send Missionaries
  • Advice to Churches from Missionaries
  • Partnership Essentials
  • Muslims and the Church
  • God Is at Work Everywhere
  • Church and Mission Agencies as Partners

Global Trends in Missions

If this course is taken in full, completing all videos and study questions, and the student spends approximately 180 hours completing this course, it can count for 1.0 high school credit. If the student spends approximately 90 hours completing this course, it can count for .5 high school credit. This is for high school credit only and is not designed to apply to any seminary or college credits needed for pastoral ministry.

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