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.

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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Pastor Dave Smuin
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
Pastor Dave Smuin
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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Thoughts on Ordination

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Ordination is usually the main designation that comes to mind when we think of clergy credentials. However, most churches and denominations also have the designations of Commissioned and Licensed. These titles give clear identification as a member of the clergy and clearly identify the level of resp...
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Hospital Visitation

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As I sit in the emergency room holding my wife’s hand, waiting for the test results, I was reminded of the cold, sterile environment of the hospital. The constant sounds of medical equipment and the distant sounds coming from other rooms left us both wondering and praying for others as much as for m...
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What a great conference call! Thank you Rev. Tanya. What you shared was very anointed and instructive. I will post the call in ... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 13:23
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I think the most beautiful and profound comment that Tanya made was in describing how we always minister to the "spirit man", so t... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 11:21
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I enjoyed Rev. Wood so much tonight. I pray for the same strength and boldness for myself that she has to minister to those who ma... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 02:06
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