How to be a Minister

Helping Christian ministers through training, support services, commissioning, licensing and ordination.

This blog is devoted to training on how to be a minister.  There is more to becoming a minister than just being ordained and not all ministers are pastors.  Some ministers are called to chaplaincy, missions or pastoral counseling.  Whatever your calling this blog on how to be a minister will bless and train you.

Pastoral Counseling

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The role of a pastoral counselor is different than that of the psychologist, psychiatrist or secular counselor. Yes, each is in the helping profession and desires to assist people. However, the pastoral counselor is uniquely qualified to deal with presenting problems such as depression, anxiety or m...
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Pastor Dave Smuin
The insights you share from the heart of the Lord are so very helpful. Greatly appreciate reading your blogs.
Friday, 17 May 2013 13:38
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This is great timing for this post. I have recently been working on our marketing materials for our ministry. We have been tryin... Read More
Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:45
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Three reasons why ministers should lead a small group

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Church gatherings have taken many forms since Jesus walked around Jerusalem with the disciples. The church has gathered in homes, outside, in hidden locations and in cathedrals. Some believers are forced to meet in secret and others broadcast their meetings on television and the internet. Around the...
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I love small groups as well. Have had great success with them in our mens ministry. Also have small groups at homes. Would love to... Read More
Thursday, 20 December 2012 20:50
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I started out in a small group and close relationship were form that we understood the needs of the people and could be a blessing... Read More
Thursday, 20 December 2012 04:00
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I whole-heartedly agree! I have always considered small groups the Church. Many needs can be met by the people in small groups. ... Read More
Monday, 10 December 2012 22:35
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When the Holy Spirit Has Something to Say

     As ministers, we need to always be in step with the Holy Spirit... even when we have prepared a finely tuned 7-point message.  We have to be ready when the Holy Spirit wants to interrupt with something of greater value.  If we're not paying attention, we could miss the ...
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Three Things to Know for Effective Preaching and Teaching

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“I’ve been set up!” That was my first thought as I listened to the conference speaker right before me present his message. The more I listened to this very skilled and experienced minister speak the more I prayed for the Holy Spirit to intervene. Not only did I need to hold the audience’s attention ...
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I do think it is important to know your audience. But I also think it is important to know ourselves. I have not given a sermon, b... Read More
Sunday, 18 November 2012 01:01
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I have always been taught,"to make a topic reasonate, make it personal". As leaders in churches and organizations how can we achi... Read More
Thursday, 15 November 2012 18:38
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Conflicts in Leadership

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Anyone who has served in a position of leadership knows that conflict is part of the job description. Business owners, managers and team leaders face conflict on a regular basis. Most of the time the conflict comes from outside the team as they face challenges with competitors, unsatisfied customers...
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Unfortunately, it is a topic we need to learn in the Church. It is a reality. We are all still fallen people who fight the war of ... Read More
Friday, 19 October 2012 14:55
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Hi Angela, I'm not sure I fully understand the situation. I will ask for more details in the conference call tonight. Thanks fo... Read More
Friday, 19 October 2012 00:43
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I apologize for any confusion in my question this evening, Dr. Dave. However, you did answer my question perfectly without even re... Read More
Friday, 19 October 2012 01:57
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