The Hardest Job of All
Posted by Ros Clarke, 13 Nov 2019
Peter Jensen explains why the job of senior minister in a church is the hardest of all in his latest editorial for Churchman.
In his latest editorial for Churchman, Peter Jensen discusses a job he’s never had: that of the church leader. Peter reckons this to be the hardest job of all, for many reasons, but especially because of the task of preaching week in, week out to the same congregation:
“There are a large variety of tasks and obligations which fill the life of the ordinary minister, from planning small groups to chairing meetings to putting the coffee cups away at the end of the day. In some churches, especially ones with teams, the vicar is nowadays more akin to a manager than to a minister. And there are many relationships which are formed and must be tended. But it is preaching which concerns me, for here the minister stands and publicly confesses the faith which is his faith for all to hear. Here is the test and the business of ministry at its most obvious. If this is not done well, little else can flourish.
And here is the problem. For it is very hard to preach well over many years in the same place to the same group of people.”
Why is it so hard? Making the time for preparation, avoiding falling into habits or relying on the same presentation methods, drawing on every field from exegesis and biblical theology, to doctrine, church history and philosophy. Peter explores the problems and pitfalls but also offers some important insights for encouraging better long-term preaching ministry in our local churches. He considers the vital role of theological colleges, the need for ongoing self-education, and constant interaction with God’s word itself, finally reaching the conclusion that, “In the end, great preaching is a product of great faith.”
Read the full editorial and other articles in the latest edition of Churchman, available here.
Media Monday: Life to the Full
Posted by Ros Clarke, 11 Nov 2019
Sam Allberry's talk from the 2013 Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference
In this talk from JAEC 2013, Sam Allberry explains how we can reclaim the good news of the gospel in the area of human sexuality.
Preaching to the Heart
Posted by Ros Clarke, 7 Nov 2019
The 2020 Fellowship Conference, featuring R. Kent Hughes, will be held from 3rd-5th February at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.
When God’s Word is preached faithfully, what is it that God intends to be changed in us? Is it to give us truth for our mind? Is it to give therapy for our soul? While our intellect and feelings matter deeply, the transformation God desires of us from His Word is the transformation of the heart! But to do that, preaching needs to challenge our affections, our imagination and our cultural assumptions, while being practical, awe-inspiring and centred on Christ. That’s what we want to explore together in this Fellowship Conference.
R. Kent Hughes has more than forty years experience in preaching and pastoral ministry as well as training pastors in biblical exposition and preaching at Westminster Theological Seminary and through the Simeon Trust. The author of many books and editor of a commentary series for preachers, Kent will be speaking on Preaching to the Heart in the three main conference sessions.
Jason Ward is vicar of St Mary’s, Chaddesden, near Derby. Jason is a trustee of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit and also serves on the Church Society Council. Jason will be giving the Bible readings each day, Following in the Footsteps of Failures, based on sermons from the book of Acts.