What Is The Parsonage Allowance For Taxes For A Pastor?

What is the personal parsonage tax allowance for a pastor? Ministerial Benefits Not every church provides a parsonage but for those that do, there are some allowances for the pastor and his family in living there, but these allowances are not just for pastors but for certified teachers, DCEs, DCOs, deaconesses, parish assistants, certified lay ministers, directors of parish music and directors of family life ministry. They can also be for missionaries or for evangelists that the church puts up … [Read more...]

Qualifications To Look For When Searching For A Pastor

What are the qualifications that a church should look for in a pastor and according to the Bible?Paul’s Directive for Titus When Titus was told to select elders, the Apostle Paul gave him (and us) some very sound guidelines that a church should look for in a pastor or elder. Paul wrote that he should be “above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination” (Titus 1:6) so this candidate must obviously be a man (“h … [Read more...]

What Does A Sermon Outline Look Like?

What does a sermon outline look like? How do you make one from scratch?The Greatest Sermon Ever If we look in the Bible and really, throughout church history, the greatest sermon ever preached wasn’t the one by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) or the Apostle Paul’s message to King Agrippa (Acts 26) but the Sermon on the Mount, given by Jesus in Matthew chapter 5. Jesus was making one overall point; that those who be like the salt of the earth or a light to the world (Matt 5 … [Read more...]

Do Youth Pastors Need A Degree?

Do youth pastors need to have a degree in order to teach youth?Commanded to Study The Apostle Peter tells us that we are to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity” (2nd Pet 3:18) and the Apostle Paul commanded Timothy to “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2nd Tim 2:15), so there is a biblical command for all … [Read more...]

Do Pastors Struggle With Sin?

Do pastors struggle with sin just like everyone else? Paul’s Struggle Roman’s chapter 7 has given a lot of believers comfort because they saw the Apostle Paul’s struggle with the flesh and it’s something that they (and I) can identify with. You are certainly not alone in your struggle to live a life that is pleasing to God because Paul wrote “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” (Rom 7:15) and I too can say with him “I do not do the go … [Read more...]

Should Only Pastors Baptize People?

Does the Bible teach only pastors should baptize people or can anyone do this?Repent and Believe The Apostle Paul once wrote that God “commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30) so there is a command for every person ever born to repent of their sins and to put their trust in Christ. In the Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples “that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47) just as Paul told Ki … [Read more...]