Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Church Life"

How to Pastor Single Adults

Lisa Anderson is the editor of Boundless, one of the finest resources for young adults in the evangelical world. She's also host of the Boundless Podcast, where she interviews leading thinkers on issues of singleness, sexuality, marriage, and culture. I had the chance to interview Lisa this week for Leadership Journal. I asked her questions on singleness, sexuality, and ministry. This is one of the questions: Some pastors and church leaders face a tension between encouraging marriage and yet not diminishing the gift--and even calling--of singleness. How would you advise them?Pastors need to invite singles into the life and leadership of the church, treating them not as "kids" but as functioning adults with vital spiritual, emotional, and physical assets for the congregation. There's a delicate balance between encouraging single young adults in their current life stage and experience while still elevating marriage and acknowledging that marriage is in most people's future. Over 90...

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Equipping Students with the Tools of Leadership

Last year Angela and I were enjoying some downtime in Orlando Florida. The hotel we were staying at was also hosting a student leadership conference hosted by Student Leadership University. We had the chance to speak to the organizers there and came away impressed by their vision for student discipleship. Last week I had the chance to interview the president and founder of SLU, Jay Strack, for my weekly Leadership Journal blog. Here's a portion of that interview: It seems we speak a lot to young people about following Christ, but don't often flesh out what that looks like specific to them and their unique calling. Why do you feel this is an important part of their development? At SLU we believe that 1 Corinthians 14:8 is spot on: "Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" We attempt to put students in a...

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Preaching as a Craft to Be Cultivated.

I love preaching. I love the act of preaching and I love listening to preaching. There is something wild and mysterious and beautiful about God's Word flowing through a flawed man empowered by the Holy Spirit as a primary delivery method for spiritual change. This week I had the chance to interview Matt Woodley, managing editor of PreachingToday.com, an excellent resource for pastors and church leaders. Our conversation was wide-ranging, really. I queried him on plagiarism, fact-checking pastors, etc. But my favorite part was reading Matt's thoughts on the act of preaching itself. Here's a question I asked him: If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming pastor or church leader about preaching, what would you tell him? Love preaching. It is a craft like mending shoes, fixing cars, throwing a curve ball, writing poetry, performing surgery, teaching British literature, and so on. You can grow as a...

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From Pulpit to Pew: On Joining a New Church

After five years in the pulpit and 30 years prior growing up in, working, and serving in my home church, I found myself in the oddly new position of looking for a place to worship. And so our quest for a new church began as soon as we moved from Chicago area to Nashville. After years of looking askance at those who "church shop", I was in the buying mood. We felt it was important for us to find and get settled in a church as soon as we could, but we knew our search must be spirit-directed and guided by prayer. Our criteria was pretty simple: It must be a church that preaches and teaches the Word of God (in a systematic, deep way.) We're big on gospel-centered, expository preaching and teaching. It must be proudly Southern Baptist. It must be close to our house. In my pastoral experience, I've found greater...

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