Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "pastors"

Relief for Parents of Special Needs Children

Cameron Doolittle is CEO of an inovative and needed ministry called "Jill's House." This unique ministry was birthed out of  McLean Bible Church in the Washington DC area. Jill's House offers respite for parents of special needs children. I had the chance to interview Cameron this week for my Friday Five feature on Leadership Journal's Parse blog. Here's an excerpt: There are so many misconceptions about children with special needs. But what, in your view, is the biggest? When we think of people with special needs, our minds dance with pictures of happy children with Down syndrome. That's a misleading picture in a couple of ways. First, most families that learn they're having a child with Down syndrome no longer bring that child to term. As followers of Jesus, we've asked people to choose life. For those that did, we have a responsibility to walk with them. Second, most of the special needs...

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Beware of People-Pleasing

My good friend, Charles Stone, has written about one of the hidden temptations of leadership: the tendency to people-please. I know that I fought this as a pastor and continue to fight it as a leader today. On the one hand, your job is to love and serve God's people. This means putting aside preference and living in community with people with whom you disagree, people different than you. And at the same time, you wear a title and carry responsibility before God. So you must lead and lead well. Charles is a thoughtful writer. His book, 7 Ministry Killers was one of the best books on leadership I've ever read. And he's back with a new one, People-Pleasing Pastors. Here is one of the questions I asked him: The job of a pastor, by nature, is to bring people together, to lead a diverse group of volunteers and staff. So how does the...

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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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Laboring in the Word of God

Today, for my Leadership Journal interview, I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College. Prior to coming to Wheaton, Dr. Ryken was pastor at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. I've enjoyed Dr. Ryken's preaching and his books. They seem to combine excellent scholarship with an easy-to-read pastoral tone. Among my favorites are Solomon and Loving the Way Jesus Loves. I also enjoy his commentaries in the Preaching the Word commentary series coauthored with Dr. R. Kent Hughes. The interview was wide-ranging on a few topics. One of the questions I asked him was about the intersection between scholars and pastors: What are some ways you would counsel pastors to be more scholarly and scholars to be more pastoral? Like a lot of Presbyterians, I have always admired the ideal of the scholar-pastor. When I was a student at Wheaton in the 1980s, John Piper gave an outstanding...

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