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Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of Pastors

Pastors are prime candidates for relational isolation, emotional turmoil, and moral collapse.

Self-Promoting Wolves or Selfless Shepherds?

I started thinking more about the leaders who have made the greatest impression upon me throughout my life. I came up with four characteristics that were universal.

Church Planters and the Cost of Starting a Church

In releasing these findings, our hope is to liberate planters to have open and honest conversations about their financial reality — and that those conversations will lead to innovative ideas that advance the church planting movement into a season of unparalleled health and growth.

5 Future Trends of Church Planting

  1. Becoming more technical and strategic.
  2. Becoming more urban.
  3. Becoming more modular.
  4. Becoming more bi-vocational.
  5. Becoming more diverse.

3 Reasons You Should See Going to Church As a Privilege, Not a Chore

Here are three ways we should see gathering with God’s people as privilege.

Themelios 41.1

The Gospel Coalition just released the April 2016 issue of Themelios, which has 208 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

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Why We Need Anonymous, Plodding Church Planters

We don’t need more rock stars. We don’t need more men seeking the limelight. We need more anonymous, plodding church planters who labor faithfully for the spread of the Gospel and the glory of King Jesus.

Silencing God's Megaphone

If your goal is to make Christ famous, instead of yourselves, have we ever wondered if achieving personal fame is the best way to go?

Listen to the Little Guy Too

Here are some reasons we ought to seek out and listen well to (and perhaps even give large public platforms to) the guys who pastor small churches, especially if they’ve been doing it for a while.

Ten Principles for Personal Productivity

I have ten things to say.

3 Ways to Get Involved in Church Planting

Let me encourage you to not adopt the posture of waiting to be involved in church planting. And if you aren't sure where to start, here are three possible ways to get going.

Ten Tips for Leading Church Well

Practically speaking, the person who leads church can have a massive influence, for good or for ill, on the experience. Here’s what we tell our service leaders to aim for on a Sunday.

Reformed “Spotlight”: What is Spiritual Abuse?

Here’s my suggestion to start the conversation, followed by my “exposition."

Ministering to the Sick - Some Practical Considerations

I came across this little list the other day and thought it might prove helpful for young pastors in particular. Much of this I learned from tagging along with my father-in-law to hospital visits during our summer vacations. But this is the kind of stuff every Christian can do.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

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5 Ways to Make It through a Difficult Season

What do we do when we’re in a negative season or environment? Here are five strategies I’ve learned to abide by.

That Smiling Missionary Family

Every time you look at that smiling family on that refrigerator magnet, think about the issues they are facing. There is too much at stake, and the mission they have been called to is far too important to fail.

Navigating Dangers and Temptations in Ministry

There is no simple policy that we can implement to protect us. But there are four principles that should guide us through the dangers and temptations connected to ministry.

The One Passion Every Pastor Must Have

Unless you have a singular, overarching passion that will pull you forward in ministry, it may be best not to pursue it. That passion must be for the gospel and the Great Commission.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Leadership

Everything is not about leadership, but we must recognize leadership impacts every other area.

7 Suggestions for When You Preach About Homosexuality

Here are some points to consider if you are preaching or teaching on homosexuality.

Schedule Meeting Margins

It’s a simple strategy, and, importantly, can be implemented covertly; that is, no one needs to know that you’re adding these extra margins as you fill in your calendar.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

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4 Images to Get You Excited About Church

When you think about what it means to be church in this way — as Christ’s bride, heaven’s outpost, God’s family, and an embassy on mission for the truth — church then becomes exciting.

A Humane Church: The New World Visible Even Now

‘I want to tell you, every time I have been here, I feel like a human being.'

Is Your Church a Safe Place for People With Same Sex Attraction?

I want to offer a few suggestions for pastors and church members who want their churches to be safe places to discuss a struggle with SSA.

Why God Used Robert Murray McCheyne

Why did God use McCheyne more by age 30 than many who minister twice as long?

9 Ways to Respond After a Less Than Spectacular Sermon or Lesson

Thousands of people around the world taught a small group lesson or preached a sermon. For all of us who feel like we missed it, let these thoughts encourage you.

5 Pieces of Writing Advice

In order to help you grow as a communicator, as a writer, below are some (really) random tips from some of the most influential Christian writers alive.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.

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You Don’t Deserve This

The privilege of ministry is Jesus. To have anything at all to do with him is a privilege none of us deserves.

15 Reflections from My 15 Years of Experience as a Pastor

Throughout my fifteen years of life as a pastor, I have collected thoughts that I would like to share with my fellow pastors and with those who desire to be pastors someday.

Planning to Plant? Plan to Persevere.

Your ability to do the work to which God has called you—be it a big work or a small—depends on your ability and commitment to persevere.

Helping the Young Engage the Sermon

To help our youth think through and get the most out of the sermons at Redeemer Fellowship Pastors Brian and Pat and Youth Minister Jake Schmanke worked together to create a sermon note sheet that offers some guidance.

Homophobia Has No Place in the Church

Homophobia exists, and it has no place in the church.

Faithlessness Shrinks You Down to a Grasshopper

The stronger your faith in God is, the stronger your faith will be in what God can and will do through you.

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Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Heritage Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He’s married to Charlene, and has two children, Christina and Josiah. Darryl is currently planting Liberty Grace Church in Liberty Village, Toronto. He previously served as pastor of Richview Baptist Church and Park Lawn Baptist Church, both in west Toronto.