the Ministers Prayer Fellowship online. We're glad
you're here today. This resource is
to provide practical help for pastors around the world. Years ago someone
took the time to mentor me-to teach me about working
with people, about leadership principles, and about
teaching and preaching the truth of God's Word. I'm
still learning. In this site I'm sharing a portion of
what I've learned over the years in the ministry. Much
of that learning took place in the classrooms, in the
pulpit and in my study of God's Word. I believe, to
become a pastor there must be a calling and a gift of
teaching. When we have that gift we can always working
to sharpen our skills so that we can motivate others to
be their best for God.
I was privileged to serve
as a pastor/teacher for more than twenty five years. My father
the late Pastor P V Thomas served as a pastor for about 60 years and
his influence in my life and in the ministry has been
immeasurable. Most of the resources in this site are
simply based on my personal experience and that of those
mentored me. In some articles, I simply adapted an
existing work to fit the format of this document. In all
cases, I have done my best to credit authors and
originators. May this resource help pastors use their
time and energy in the best way.
need to remember that they are called first to
serve the Lord and then serve the church. The
first part has to do primarily with the
spiritual, and the second part primarily with
the practical. Pastorate is hard work, and the
pastor should work hard. Just like in life,
pastoral ministry has a beginning, a middle, and
an end. Finishing is as important as beginning.
How you finish is often the way you will be
How to Conduct a
The loss of a loved one is
one of the difficult experiences a person can
encounter. It is a time when all Christians need
the loving support of their pastor. Upon hearing
of the death, the pastor should go immediately
to the family and offer comfort and support. Be
sensitive. Listen. Let them know that God cares
and that you care. Here are a few ideas to help
Lord, to Whom Shall We Go?
apostle Peter's confession of faith he gives
expression to two points. First, "Thou are the
Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matt.
16:16). Secondly. "Thou has the words of eternal
life" (John 6:68).
Seven Strange Preachers
Noah's dove preached
the faithfulness of God
Gen. 8:1—"And God
Gen. 8:11—"And the dove
returned with an olive leaf in its mouth."
Preachers today should
preach the faithfulness of God. Lam. 3:23,
Why People Don't Go to Church
Without exception, we have
found that people whose hearts are right with
God go to a good church unless they are sick. In
Luke 14:18, we are told that those who were
invited by the Lord to His supper "all with one
consent began to make excuse."