Dec 2, 2014 Richard Mansfield

Balancing Ministry & Personal Growth

I once knew an older minister who had walked several decades in obedience to the path that had been laid out before him when he was a young man. He had experienced both the joys and devastations that came from what he considered an undeniable call from God. Occasionally, young and inexperienced individuals would seek his counsel about going into ministry.

"Don't do it," he would tell them. "Do anything else but this. But if you've tried everything else, and everything else has failed, then you will know that your calling is sure."

Real ministry requires dedication in the midst of unknown circumstances. Fully realizing one's calling requires balancing ministry and personal growth.

We are pleased to bring you three new titles that will help you find that kind of balance as you seek to fulfill your callling to ministry.


Center Church Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry--applying classic doctrines to our time and place--organized around three core commitments:

  • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do.
  • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry.
  • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit.
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Clowney-Preaching Preaching Christ in All of Scripture by Edmund P. Clowney

Voicing one theme for the entire Bible and structuring all sermons around that idea may seem to be an impossible challenge. For veteran pastor and preaching professor Edmund Clowney it will not do to preach a text from either the Old or New Testaments without fully preaching its ultimate and primary focus--the person and work of Jesus Christ.

He writes,

"To see the text in relation to Christ is to see it in its larger context, the context of God's purpose in revelation."

Clowney's rationale for emphasizing Christ's presence in the Old Testament rests on the purpose of the Hebrew Scripture. The Old Testament follows God's one great plan for human history and redemption, and the plan is not only from him but centers on him: his presence in his incarnate Son. The witness of the Scriptures to Christ is the reason they were written, so it is appropriate to emphasize this element in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.

By offering numerous full-length examples of his own sermons that emphasize Christ as the principle theme of Scripture, Clowney illustrates for those who will never have the privilege of being his students how they can craft sermons which present Christ as the primary consideration of the text. He also offers specific instructions on preparing such a sermon. He discusses the personal habits of prayer and Bible study that prepare pastors to seek out Christ's presence.

Clowney emphasizes the importance of including a specific application in every sermon so that Christ is presented both in what he says and does to reveal himself in the biblical text and in what he says and does to direct Christians' lives today. Students preparing for the pastorate, pastors desiring to increase their emphasis on Christ in their sermons, and those seeking Christ's presence in all of Scripture will find a help in Clowney's writings.

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Hughes-Disciplines Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

This inspiring and best-selling book uses biblical wisdom, engaging illustrations, practical suggestions for daily living, and personal study questions to address the major areas of contemporary Christian manhood.

R. Kent Hughes, senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, has written Disciplines of a Godly Man because he believes that disciplined lives have become the exception in today's culture. He writes specifically for men because, in general, he believes that men are less disciplined overall than women in the church today.

In his introduction Hughes writes,

"...what I am going to say in this book comes straight from the heart and my long study of God’s Word--man to man. In writing this I have imagined my own grown sons sitting across the table, coffee cups in hand, as I try to impart to them what I think about the essential disciplines of godliness. This book is eminently user-friendly. The Church in America needs real men, and we are the men!"

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