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.

Communion - Are You Guilty?

Communion - Are You Guilty?
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When was the last time you really stopped to consider the stern warning found in 1 Corinthians about taking communion in an unworthy manner?  “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” 1Cor. 11:27 Mo...
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Kim Turner
Thank you so much for the insight on communion. I remember growing up that the verses in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 always struck fea... Read More
Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:13
Michael Pagana
Great Stuff here Dr. Dave, I have four little girls ages 4-9. Several times per year my wife and I will sit down with the girls a... Read More
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:56
Pastor Dave Smuin
Lately our body has been considering and repenting of the sin of offense. What an insidious, pervasive sin it is. How easily we... Read More
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:43
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Team Building

Team Building
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Team Building One of the first actions that Jesus took when He began His public ministry was to call together a team. He knew that fulfilling the mission that the Father gave Him included bringing others together as a team. This team assisted Him throughout His earthly ministry and was entrusted to ...
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Pastor Dave Smuin
Yes. I once read a book called "What a Difference a Team Makes." It's true. When I was first starting in missionary work, I fel... Read More
Monday, 23 September 2013 21:41
Pastor Dave Smuin
I really enjoyed the conference call on this topic last week. Afterwards I thought about the need for mentors on our team who pour... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:04
Pastor Dave Smuin
Thank you for the info on the conference call last night. I did miss the fifth point on the Vision presentation. could you pleas... Read More
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:33
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The Baptism of Fire

The Baptism of Fire
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“Why is this happening to me?” or “Why is God allowing this to happen?”  These are some of the more frequent and difficult questions that ministers, chaplains and pastors get asked.  While each situation is different we should consider that some situations may be part of the Baptism of Fir...
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Michael Pagana
Hi Dr. Dave, I just read this article and it's spot on my friend. For me personally, I find that when I am practicing the Seven... Read More
Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:19
Pastor Dave Smuin
Everything you say is excellent. I think that another reason for "baptism of fire" is that God wants to strengthen or toughen us ... Read More
Friday, 14 March 2014 18:39
Pastor Dave Smuin
Diane, there are times when we don't fully see what God is doing in our lives. These seasons come and go, but rest assured that ... Read More
Monday, 19 August 2013 14:11
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Sowing Seeds

The other day at work I had a chance to talk to another brother in Christ about sowing seeds. He started talking about how God will Bless you if you sow seed and he used the Passage out of matthew," The parable that Jesus used about the sower who went forth to sow Matthew 13:1-23". The problem was t...
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Pastor Dave Smuin
Amen. Preach it, brother. Shake that bush. Seed sowing indeed is for the work of God in hearts, not for personal gain. You hav... Read More
Friday, 14 March 2014 18:41
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Them Fightin' Words

Them fightin’ words… Jesus, Lord, God Almighty. As today is the National Day of Prayer, I can’t help but think about the condition of the church in this country. As society progresses and changes adopting laws contrary to the Word of God, I’m seeing more and more church bodies compromising, folding ...
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Pastor Dave Smuin
You hit the nail on the head, Darlene. The weakness of character in the church becomes more and more evident as society continues ... Read More
Thursday, 09 May 2013 12:53
Pastor Dave Smuin
Darlene--Those of us that stand firm need to support each other. Maybe we will meet someday and sit and share our Jesus stories to... Read More
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 01:34
Pastor Dave Smuin
Barb, I truly and totally agree with your post. Every day I, too, see that "professed “Christians” get defensive even when you ta... Read More
Sunday, 05 May 2013 16:50
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