Pastors and other ministry leaders have been given a unique calling, "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ," (Ephesians 4:12; ESV).
This work is challenging, rewarding, and often lonely and under-appreciated. From its inception, the Institute has sought to work closely with pastors from a variety of churches and provide them with resources that would encourage them as leaders of the church and assist them in making disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Institute hosts pastor-only events to provide safe, thoughtful opportunities for pastors to gather for fellowship, prayer and mutual encouragement. This can take the form of luncheons, prayer meetings, and special events in which a topic of interest to pastors is presented. The Institute has no specific agenda of its own at these gatherings. Rather, our desire is simply to serve pastors and their churches in whatever way we can.
As the Institute has expanded in recent years, we have been able to offer ministries of encouragement to pastors more personally and directly through our local branches. For a list of events and opportunities for pastors in cities in which the Institute has a physical presence, please click on one of the cities below. Our City Directors would be more than happy to speak with you about resources for pastors.
Resources Available for Pastors
Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer church in Manhattan, spoke to local pastors on the importance of cooperation within the body of Christ.
What should be the focus of churches and church leaders today? In this talk, Pastor Randy Pope suggests that the spiritual growth of the people should be the focus of leaders. He presents the model used by Perimeter Church in growing disciples of Christ. Life-on-life Missional Discipleship is laboring in the lives of a few with the intention of imparting one's life, the gospel and God's Word in such a way as to see them become mature and equipped followers of Christ, committed to doing the same in the lives of others. Life-on-life Missional Discipleship is based on how Jesus did ministry. Jesus invested his life in the disciples to develop them into mature and equipped followers, and we believe as a part of the great commission we are commanded to do the same.
“The hungry sheep look up and are not fed.” Arguably, pastors are often the least prayed for members of the church. We pay a high price for such neglect. This pamphlet will help you to develop a biblical strategy for specific prayer for your pastor, and for all those who are entrusted by God to care for the sheep of His pasture.
- Stuart McAlpine, author
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