I have the privilege of directing the Southeastern Center for Pastoral Leadership and Preaching. The Center exists to equip and encourage pastors to lead healthy, disciple-making churches for the glory of God around the world. Our prayer is that it builds an intentional bridge between the seminary and the local church.
I believe leadership and ministry skills development are responsibilities of discipleship and must be an intentional part of every local church ministry. Through the Pastors Center, we are offering resources and training to our students, as well as to pastors and churches, to further equip them to serve well in the crucible of real life ministry. We are asking important questions like: Who should a pastor be? What should a pastor know? What should a pastor be able to do?
One aspect of what the Center does is to host and conduct various events and workshops in which our students can interact with pastors and leaders. These are normally topical and we have been careful to video them for a much bigger audience. I wanted to use this post today to call attention to what some of those specific resources are and how you can find and share them.
There are two or three general categories to the types of events we are conducting at this time. First we will conduct some campus wide events each year. Dr. Johnny Hunt is coming this fall on Thursday, October 29, 2015 to hold a special Timothy/Barnabas Legacy Conference just for our students, for example. The entire campus will be invited and involved.
We also host several smaller events throughout each semester such as our Authenticity Series: An Honest Look at the Life of a Pastor events. These are normally either interviews or panel discussions with a professor and a pastor discussing a real issue facing church leadership today. We often have a casual gathering of students present who have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panelists about the subject at hand. Each of these are caught on video and available on the website. On the Center resources page you will find sessions featuring topics such as: expository preaching, how to deal with conflict in ministry, how to balance family time and ministry as well as upcoming features concerning the call to ministry and the pastoral search processes, church finances, how to evaluate your preaching, and many more.
We also host at least one EQUIP Workshop each semester during which we focus upon and deal with some significant ministry responsibility or activity pastors face. These live events include a panel of professors and pastors with experience in the subject area as well as very practical “walk-throughs” showing how to conduct key ministry opportunities. On the website you will find several resources surrounding the issue of marriage, divorce, remarriage and how to plan and conduct weddings for example. This includes a practical workshop in which we walk through the steps of wedding preparation and counseling as well as a special chapel service discussion that deals with the theological issues involved. New sessions in which Dr. Akin and others are interviewed about this topic are coming very soon.
We also just recorded our workshop for this semester on death, grief ministry and funeral preparation and it will be on the website very soon. Again very practical as well as theological and biblical discussions are a part of each workshop. Each workshop also has downloadable resources prepared by the panelists and leaders that can be gleaned from the website. Future topics include the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
You will find all of these video and printable resources on the page linked below. Please go and check them out, view and download, and share this link with as many as possible!
Recommended Resources: http://www.sebts.edu/center_for_preaching/recommended%20resources.aspx