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Overview

Ministering the Master's Way (9 vols.) brings you a mini-library of books which deal with key practical aspects of the Christian ministry, including theological, practical, and pastoral elements. These elements range from counseling and discipling those who are spiritually or physically hurting, to learning effective tools to grow your church. Whether you are a leader, volunteer, or member of a church, these volumes will bring new insight into what the Christian ministry involves. Each volume is deeply rooted in the truth of the Gospel as the key foundation of effective ministry, using Christ's ministry to illustrate what the church should imitate. Regardless of your position in the church, Ministering the Master's Way (9 vols.) will give you practical and effective tools to use as you continue your Christ-centered journey in ministry.

With the Logos Bible Software edition of Ministering the Master's Way (9 vols.), the reader has an abundance of resources that offer applicable and insightful material for their study. You can easily search the subject of discipleship or biblical counseling and access an assortment of useful resources and perspectives from a variety of pastors and theologians.

Key Features

  • Appendixes at the end of most volumes to help you apply your new-gained knowledge
  • Refreshing insight for leading today’s congregations
  • An excellent collection for anyone involved in church leadership

Individual Titles

Comfort Those Who Grieve

  • Author: Paul Tautges
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 144

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Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience—and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death. Death is not foreign territory that ministers of grace walk upon. As a result, “Death,” writes Paul Tautges, “provides a natural opportunity not only for ministry to others, but also for personal growth in ministers.” Therefore, church shepherds must not waste these precious and painful occasions that God provides for the demonstration of mercy and the advantage of the gospel.

This book is a treasure chest of pastoral theology that will equip ministers to reach out to those who grieve with the Christ-centered comfort of God rooted in the gospel. The theological foundation espoused here, as well as the numerous practical helps that are included, will help any servant of the Lord to point the hearts and minds of the bereaved to the “man of sorrows” who is “acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3).

Here is biblical, insightful, and practical advice regarding serving those who grieve. Written with the tenderness and understanding of a gentle pastor, this book will be a helpful manual for those who guide others through the valley of the shadow of death. I hope it gains wide distribution!

—Dr. Les Lofquist, Executive Director, IFCA International

Few have attempted to offer comfort to those who grieve, and fewer have been as successful as Pastor Paul Tautges in this much-needed book. I commend this wonderful little volume. It is a veritable anthology of practical helps for those who are grieving and for those who attempt to minister to their needs. Therefore I recommend it as a book for all deacons, elders, pastors and lay persons. It is an important tool which should be thoughtfully read if we are to minister wisely and effectively to those in our fellowship who will eventually face such times.

Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the Word: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC).

Counsel Your Flock: Fulfilling Your Role as a Teaching Shepherd

  • Author: Paul Tautges
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 96

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“One of the surest signs of the blessing of God upon His people is the gift of spiritual shepherds who faithfully care for His flock,” writes Paul Tautges. Sadly, pastors today have become business professionals who are no longer content to shepherd their flocks by teaching the Word of God and caring for their souls, but instead farm their people out to psychological counselors, who are incapable of meeting the real needs of people.

Here is an urgent appeal for teaching shepherds to return to authentic biblical ministry: to be tenacious in their study and preaching of the whole counsel of God, and tender in their application of its demands to the lives of God’s sheep through the personal and pastoral ministry of counseling. In his companion book, Counsel One Another, Paul defended the role of every believer in the discipleship process; here he concentrates on the specific ministry of pastors and elders, particularly their role in leading God’s flock to spiritual maturity and equipping it for effective service. He reminds ministers that they have a privileged responsibility to function as undershepherds for Christ, the Chief Shepherd, but those who are faithful will receive an eternal reward.

This book gets it right! Comprehensive and convincing, Counsel Your Flock shows how true biblical counseling and preaching fit hand-in-glove. Those who preach, teach, or counsel regularly are sure to benefit greatly from this helpful resource.

Dr. John MacArthur, pastor-teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

The ministry of counseling has for too long been relegated to the professional counselor. Paul Tautges brings the biblical command for discipleship right back to the local church and to all believers. Rather than send people who are struggling spiritually, socially, and emotionally to a limited group of professionals, Tautges makes the case theologically that the responsibility for all church members is to disciple one another and to restore hurting people. This is a book about local church discipleship, of which leadership is a big part. Counsel Your Flock addresses an important need. This is a must read!

—Dr. Ron Allchin, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the Word: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC).

Discipline with Care: Applying Biblical Correction in Your Church

  • Author: Stephen McQuoid
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 96

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Discipline is one of the most difficult issues in contemporary church life. Church leaders often need to battle to maintain the integrity of their churches, sometimes with tragic results. But why is it so hard? Should we bother with it at all?

In this thorough treatment of the subject, Stephen McQuoid answers these questions and provides a biblical framework for church discipline. Because prevention is better than cure, he shows that discipline is not just about punishing but includes a whole way of life which keeps us spiritually accountable and in a right relationship with God. Corrective discipline will also at times be necessary, and he guides us through the disciplinary stages taught in the New Testament. By using appropriate case studies, he also demonstrates the complications of real-life situations and highlights the lessons that can be learned.

Stephen McQuoid has tackled an often neglected yet vitally important issue for the modern church. His approach is, as always, biblically based, yet at the same time he has demonstrated the relevance of the subject through a wide range of illustrations and examples. This short book is remarkably comprehensive in its treatment of the subject. I have no hesitation in commending it.

—David Clarkson, Elder, Cartsbridge Evangelical Church

In any local church, the issues of authority, discipline and leadership lie close to the surface. Church members and leaders alike seek to act biblically, but relating the various scriptural passages to practical situations poses many challenges. Stephen’s book explores succinctly some of the cultural issues, scriptural context and practical outworkings of the vital need to keep the body in shape. I would commend this book wholeheartedly—not only to church leaders who are seeking counsel, but also to church members who are interested in exploring this vital doctrine of the local and universal church.

—Andrew Lacey, Church Elder, Manager GLO Book Shop, Director of Partnership, Scotland

Stephen McQuoid grew up in Ethiopia where his parents were missionaries. He then lived in Ireland where he qualified as a nurse before going on to study theology. He has a Dip.Th. from Belfast Bible College, a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity College, an MA and a PhD in Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary, and has recently completed further post-graduate study with Spurgeon’s College, graduating with an MTh in historical theology. He is principal of Tilsley College, a ministry of Gospel Literature Outreach, in Motherwell, near Glasgow. He has also written seven books, including The Quest for True Tolerance, also published by Day One. Stephen is married to Debbie and they are both involved in a church planting situation in Bellshill. Stephen’s preaching ministry takes him throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

Handle that New Call with Care: Accepting or Declining a Call to a New Congregation

  • Author: David Campbell
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 112

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"Should I stay put or should I move on to another sphere of pastoral ministry?" How frequently a minister may find himself asking this question—and how much does he have to strive in prayer to discern the mind of God who has called him with a holy calling to shepherd his church! Of course, the assumption of the question is that there is a call being extended to a new pastorate. Some men find that they have to wrestle with the question whether they should leave the pastorate altogether—either for a different ministry or in order to retire or to take up some other kind of work.

This helpful little book examines the principles for accepting or declining of a call to a new pastorate and examines them in the light of the Bible, the history of the church and God’s providence.

In this little book, David Campbell has dealt with a theme that is among the most important in any minister's life, yet among the least tackled in pastoral literature: what is a minister to do when a church calls him away from the congregation in which he is currently ministering? By looking at ministerial biographies, David has gleaned important principles and suggestions to guide a minister in this most crucial of all dilemmas. By drawing on his own experience and that of others, he has written a book which will be of immense value in helping ministers recognise God's leading in their lives.

Rev. Iain D. Campbell, Free Church of Scotland, Isle of Lewis, UK

At many points I found myself in David Campbell’s book. The quotations from pastors who left a much-loved congregation were especially touching. But I expect that the greatest value of this book will be for those who are contemplating a move. The advice is theologically solid and salted with the wisdom of experience. I believe every pastor should read this book and then keep it for the day he may need it. I also commend this book to church members as it may help them to understand why pastors sometimes move from one church to another.

—Rev. Gordon Taylor, Coordinator, Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America

David Campbell was born and raised in Scotland and was converted to Christ as a child. During his bachelor’s degree at Glasgow University he felt a call to the gospel ministry and subsequently spent four years studying at the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh. After being the pastor of the Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church in Darlington, England for fifteen years, he began his ministry in Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2002. He is also author of Travel with John Knox and Opening up the Bible: Titus.

Look after Your Voice: Taking Care of the Preacher's Greatest Asset

  • Author: Mike Mellor
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 96

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As a hammer is to a carpenter, a scalpel to a surgeon, a trowel to a brick mason or a needle to a tailor—so the voice is to a preacher. Man’s voice is the primary means God uses to deliver His Word to mankind, yet how often we who are called to impart the most important truths in the world are apt to neglect, if not willfully abuse our all-vital ‘tool of the trade’.

Can there be any more pitiful sight in all nature than a God-sent preacher who is forced to be silent? We are not thinking here however of a silence brought about by pressure from ungodly sources, but that which has been enforced because of the preacher’s own negligence concerning his voice.

Mike Mellor’s goal is not to produce another speech book (of which a good number can be found, usually aimed at actors or singers) but that something of our high calling as God’s spokesmen may be re-kindled and as a consequence our desire to care for the frail vehicle God has designed to convey his Word may be increased.

. . . I haven’t seen anything like it for years, so it fits a good and helpful niche in the market. . . . If, like me, you are prepared to pay the social cost of conditioning your voice by compulsive ‘humming’, you should still buy this little volume for the serious advice it contains.

Jonathan Stephen, Principal, Wales Evangelical School of Theology

Here is a relevant book in a day when preaching is beginning to make a comeback again after several arid decades. In much of our modern preaching, some good attention is being given to content and the integrity required for Biblical ministry, but a great deal of catching up is necessary in terms of actual effective delivery. This book by an open air preacher will help us in our public speaking—even if our voices never have quite the resonance of a John Chrysostom, a Whitefield or a Billy Graham. Perhaps like Moses of old—surely the greatest example ever of a ‘made’ preacher—we can put into prayerful practice the invaluable suggestions and exercises given us by Mike Mellor. I certainly intend to do so myself.

—Rico Tice, Christianity Explored, All Souls Church, London

Mike Mellor studied at the South Wales Bible College after which he pastored churches in South Wales and Central London and is currently a staff evangelist with the Open Air Mission.

Make Your Church's Money Work: Achieving Financial Integrity in Your Congregation

  • Author: John Temple
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 96

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The finances of a church are a concrete expression of its vision, its priorities and its commitment to doing things "decently and in order". This book examines the basis of sound biblical stewardship as applied to the practical aspects of budgeting, reporting and control of expenses in a church. It suggests a remuneration policy for pastors and other paid workers, outlines the responsibilities of members in supporting their church and includes a suggested spreadsheet for budgeting and reporting. Written in non-accountancy terminology, this book should be read by church leaders and anyone who spends any of the church’s money, as well as by all who give money to a local church.

A failure to establish biblically derived financial policies and practices often leads churches into trouble. Following this eminently practical guide should ensure that both God and his servants are honored in this vital area and that much potential difficulty and heartache are avoided. Supremely qualified to write on this subject, John Temple is a peerless conveyor of sanctified common sense. I heartily commend this little volume.

Jonathan Stephen, Principal, Wales Evangelical School of Theology

At last! Take a thorough knowledge of scriptural teaching, sprinkle it liberally with years of hands-on experience in the local church, and you have what you are holding in your hands! Here is a book worth far more than its slim weight: an easy read, yet an invaluable resource for church leaders and members who want to be even more faithful in their stewardship. This would be one of the ten books I would give to a pastor starting out in ministry or to a church with a passion for Christ's kingdom.

—Roland Eskinazi, Pastor, Goodwood Baptist Church, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. John Temple spent his secular career as an entrepreneur and businessman, mostly at Chief Executive level. He is therefore well qualified to deal with financial and accounting matters. He has held virtually every office in a church, from youth leader to deacon and elder, church secretary and treasurer. Throughout this service, he sought to teach and apply sound theology to the policy of the church in financial and administrative matters. He helped plant four churches. Temple holds a Ph.D., a B.Sc. (Eng.) and an AEP (MBA equivalent).

Teach Them to Pray: Cultivating God-Dependency in Your Church

  • Author: Paul Tautges
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 128

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A life of prayer is irrefutable proof of God-dependency. This is not only true of the individual believer, but also of the local church as evidenced in the New Testament. Therefore, churches need to learn how to pray. But who will teach them? In this book, Paul Tautges convinces his readers that pastors and elders must not only tell members of their flock to pray—they must teach them. They must regularly instruct them in the biblical principles, examples, and commands concerning a life of prayer. In short, churches need a theology of prayer. And ministers of the gospel need a practical tool to help them produce an atmosphere of God-dependency in their churches. Teach Them to Pray is that tool. Here is theologically rich, yet practical, instruction for busy church leaders.

Though this book is directed primarily to pastors, it will prove valuable to all members of a congregation. All of us need encouragement and instruction in the discipline of corporate prayer, and this book will help us to that end.

Jerry Bridges, International speaker and best-selling author

Paul Tautges has produced yet another small, usable handbook to assist busy pastors in a critical aspect of ministry—the cultivation of a congregational sense of God-dependency expressed through prayer. . . . Use Teach Them to Pray as a springboard to cultivate your own ideas on how you as a pastor or church leader can cultivate prayer in your church in our day of widespread prayerlessness and spiritual amnesia.

—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the Word: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC).

Test, Train, Affirm, and Sending into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church's Responsibility in the External Call

  • Author: Brian Croft
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 112

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The once strong commitment by the local church throughout church history to affirm a person who possesses the gifts and godly character suitable for Christian ministry, known as the external call, has practically vanished in the twenty-first century. This book is designed to equip and call back local churches to this biblical responsibility. This is accomplished by answering the typical questions that accompany this topic: Who is responsible? Who receives this call? Who gives this call and how does a local church proceed to give it? These are just a few of the important questions that are biblically, theologically, and practically answered. The aim of this book is to contribute to an awakening in the local church to relieve unnecessary pressures upon theological institutions, alleviate confusion to those seeking a call into gospel ministry, and restore a vision to this divine call which God has placed solely upon his redeemed people.

We live in an individualistic world where subjective and private experiences are often thought to be beyond contradiction. If someone claims that he is called to ministry, who are we to doubt it? Brian Croft demonstrates, however, that an internal call to ministry must be matched by an external call. The people of God, the church of Jesus Christ, should play a major role in assessing whether someone is called to ministry. Croft’s book is biblically grounded and full of wise pastoral advice. I commend it enthusiastically.

Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor, New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

In this new and important book, Brian Croft presents a bold and biblical understanding of the call to ministry. Along the way, Brian clarifies many issues of contemporary confusion, and his commitment to the local church ensures that his understanding of the call to ministry is never severed from the context of God’s people. Few books are more timely than this one, and I am thankful to Brian Croft for his faithful and careful consideration of the call to ministry.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Brian Croft graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a B.A. in Sociology and undertook some graduate work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry for fifteen years and is currently in his seventh year as Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Visit the Sick: Ministering God's Grace in Times of Illness

  • Author: Brian Croft
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 208

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The demands of the twenty-first-century have led to the neglect of certain essential responsibilities in the life of a Christian. One of those is the visitation and care of the sick in our congregations. This book is designed to instruct and motivate pastors, church leaders, and other care-giving Christians through the counsel of our heroes of church history, to recapture the practice of visiting the sick. This is accomplished by considering three specific areas. First, is our commitment to the theological as we consider how to most effectively care for their souls. Second, is our commitment to the pastoral, which instructs us how to proceed with wisdom and discernment in the variety of circumstances we will face. Third, is our commitment to the practical so that the manner in which we care for the sick will help, not hinder our effort to communicate biblical truth to them.

In this little volume, Brian helps us to think straightforwardly and faithfully about God’s truth and God’s people. His advice is as sound as it is simple. Some parts of this may be about matters you’ve already figured out. But isn’t it better to be told something twice, than not at all? Let Brian’s be that reinforcing voice. And don’t be surprised if you read some things that you hadn’t thought of before. Read this book, and let Brian help you in helping others.

—Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

Brian has given us a practical and theological guide to caring for our congregations. It is a must read for those interested in a theology for visiting the sick.

—Dr. George D. Barnett, Ministry Resource Consultant, Georgia Baptist Convention

Brian Croft graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a B.A. in Sociology and undertook some graduate work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry for fifteen years and is currently in his seventh year as Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Product Details

  • Title: Ministering the Master's Way (9 vols.)
  • Publisher: Day One
  • Volumes: 9
  • Pages: 976