Pastor's Forum

Most Important Skills

What three skills help you the most in carrying out your pastoral ministry? How do they help you, and to what degree did you feel gifted in these three areas, and how much did you have to work to acquire and or develop them? Read the responses

March 2015 Website Update

Resurrection: Past, Present, Future
Tony Cooke

Past, Present, FutureResurrection is:

  • An historical fact to be celebrated.
  • A current reality to be experienced.
  • A future event to be anticipated.

Read this article by Tony Cooke

Own the Mercy!
Lisa Cooke

Own the Mercy Lisa CookeMatthew Henry’s commentary on Philippians 4:2-9 had this portion that caught my eye today as I was studying. He says, “We must join thanksgiving with prayers and supplications; not only seek supplies of good, but own the mercies we have received.” That last little phrase “…but own the mercies we have received” made me pause and pay attention. Read this article by Lisa Cooke

Five Principles of Preparing for Retirement
Dan Beller

Planning for RetirementIn Proverbs 6:6-8, we are exhorted to be wise like the ant because it gathers food during the harvest (your productive years) and stores it up for the difficult times after the harvest (after your productive years). As a retired Pastor, I can say from experience that it is vital to save resources and be prepared for the retirement years. Some of the areas of preparation are as follows… Read this article by Dr. Dan Beller

Don’t Dam It
Virgil Stokes

Don't Dam It by Virgil StokesThe Lord pointed out to me that water, in this case the river of His healing power, always flows to the place of least resistance. I don’t know about you, but I want our church to be a place of least resistance to the flow, a stream without dams. I have been doing this a long time now, and I know there are some things that hinder or resist the move of the Spirit of God in a church. Here are six blockages that we are determined to remove… Read this article by Virgil Stokes

The Work Book: What We Do Matters to God
Tony Cooke

"The Work Book" by Tony Cooke

A quote from the book: Around the time I began writing this book, I saw a social media post by Jeanne Cook in Panama. She relayed that her missionary husband, Dennis, was cleaning bat dung out of the radio station attic that they had built in the jungles of Panama. She wrote, “Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. It is not all preaching and teaching on the mission field.” Jeanne is so right, and it’s not all preaching and teaching anywhere else. Ministry is work. Pre-order your copy today!


Read all of our quotes by visiting our Quotes Page.

“I see more and more of my own insufficiency for the great work I am called to… When I compare myself with my work, I sink into a point, a mere despicable nothing.”
– William Carey

“We are but the instruments or assistants, by whom God works.”
– Martin Luther

“To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience.”
– A.W. Tozer

“They said of one: “He is a fine preacher;” but of another they said: “We never notice how he preaches, but we always feel that God is great.”
– Spurgeon

“He that made us without ourselves, will not save us without ourselves.”
– Augustine