The month of October is dedicated as “Pastor’s Appreciation Month.” While we can encourage and thank our pastors throughout the year, October is set aside as a specific time to express our gratitude towards them and endeavor to be a blessing to them.
Part of our mission at Truth For Life is to strengthen local churches, which we believe is fundamentally accomplished by the relevant and clear teaching of God’s Word. Christ, in his sovereignty and wisdom, has established the local church as the primary mechanism for preaching, fellowship, worship, growth and service. Pastors have been called and appointed by God to teach the Bible and to shepherd their flock, which takes diligence, dedication, time and energy.
It is Truth For Life’s goal to encourage you, as our listeners and supporters, to take this month’s opportunity to genuinely thank your pastor for all the work he does and the leadership he displays and to spur him on as a brother in Christ. We are suggesting to you some resources that we think would be of encouragement, blessing and benefit to your pastors. And if you’re not involved in a local church, we would urge you to find a church near you that is committed to the clear teaching of Scripture and start attending and serving.
Here are some ideas for ways that you can encourage and thank your pastor:
Every year, about 1,000 pastors, seminarians and church leaders gather at Parkside Church for a 3-day conference specifically designed to encourage pastors. The conference includes messages from God's Word from pastors to pastors, workshops about topics facing pastors today, panel question times, and lots of great food and time to fellowship and encourage one another. Unlike other mega-conferences, this conference is intentionally small and personal, a type of retreat and soul-encouragement for pastors from their busy lives.
On May 14-16, 2012, Alistair Begg has invited Mark Dever and Bruce Milne to join him for this year's conference. Why not sponsor your pastor to attend this conference in May and have time to be encouraged by God's Word and other local pastors? Early bird registration for the conference is now open.
This book provides a look into the lives of two seasoned pastors who have faithfully served Christ and proclaimed the gospel. The experience spans two generations and two continents, yet is boldly united on the importance of fulfilling the biblical obligations of the pastorate. A great resource for young and old.
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by Alistair Begg
Paul's words in 2 Timothy 4:2-5 are the mandate for all those who are called to pastoral ministry. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once commented that "the work of preaching is the highest and greatest and most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called." He went on to say that "the most urgent need in the Christian church today is for true preaching and as it is the greatest and most urgent need in the church it is, obviously, the greatest need in the world also." To a generation in which the priority of preaching has been sadly diminished, the apostolic mandate remains. As a pastor places his confidence in the power of the Gospel itself, as applied by the Holy Spirit, the task of proclamation must be his clear priority. We trust that these studies will prove to be a great encouragement to pastors in this God-given task. As we remain true to this calling those in our congregation will become mature and grounded in the sound doctrine which is essential to all spiritual growth.
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by Alistair Begg
Every Christian—pastor or not—is responsible to study the Scriptures and to learn to handle the Word correctly. This booklet aids in discerning how well one’s church is doing in this area and offers suggestions for ensuring that the entire Body of Christ is being not only fed, but spiritually nourished. Alistair Begg not only defines Biblical preaching but tells how to accomplish it, explains its distinctive
characteristics, and demonstrates its importance in the life of a church
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Since 2002, Alistair Begg has met with pastors annual to discuss the Bible and the pressing issues facing today's pastors. Focused on the basics of ministry: preaching, evangelism, and the Word of God, these conferences contain a library of wisdom from Alistair Begg and other seasoned pastors. Based on God's Word, these messages are timeless and will encourage any pastor today.
Basics 2002 : Available as free download, CD, Mp3CD
Basics 2003: Available as free download, CD, Mp3CD
Basics 2004: Available as free download, CD, Mp3CD
Basics 2005: Available as free download, CD, Mp3CD
Basics 2006: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
Basics 2007: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
Basics 2008: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
Basics 2009: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
Basics 2010: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
Basics 2011: Available as free download, CD, DVD, Mp3CD
As much as any of these resources will encourage your pastor, nothing is more encouraging than a sincere note or phone call of thanks from you! Whatever you choose to do, be sure to take a few minutes this month and let your pastor know how much you appreciate him and how God is using him in your life to grow and encourage you.
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