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Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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A Personal Update

These have been months filled with a wide range of emotions–excitement and anticipation for the work at Christ Covenant (and the position at RTS), along with many tears in thinking about all we are leaving behind in saying goodbye to University Reformed Church and East Lansing.

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The Internet Is Not a Library

At best, the internet is like a wild forest. No one controls it. No one manicures it. It just grows and grows.

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Monday Morning Humor

One of the best of the lesser known Brian Regan bits. Not much by way of animation, but it’s well worth two minutes of your time.

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What I’ve Learned about Pastoral Ministry

I’ve had to learn that people are not just sinners; they’re sufferers too. And that shapes how you deal with sin and extend mercy.

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May the Fourth Be With You

And the power of Presbyterianism too!

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Resources for Your Pastoral Search Committee

University Reformed Church will soon be forming a pastoral search committee to look for the church’s next senior pastor. The process can be daunting, but it can also be a spiritually unifying and edifying time for the committee and for the congregation. Thankfully, there are a number of resources out there to help churches set up a good process (and avoid common mistakes).

The best book I know of is When the Word Leads Your Search Committee by Chris Brauns. If you want a comprehensive resource, start here.

Last year I wrote about 7 Common Mistakes Search Committees Make:

1. Overcompensating for the previous pastor’s weaknesses.
2. Mishandling internal candidates.
3. Communicating too little.
4. Taking too much time.
5. Crafting an impossible job description.
6. Failing to check references.
7. Expecting all the best candidates to come to you.

Here’s another list of 7 Common Mistakes. This one, put out by LifeWay’s William Vanderbloemen, includes things like: too few or too many people on the committee, not establishing roles on the committee, and not establishing a process for making decisions.

The PCA has a 16-page document laying out a potential search process. And here is a 6-page Manual for Calling a Pastor (somewhat PCA specific). And here’s a brochure on finding a pastor put out by Reformed Theological Seminary.

On the important subject of communication, I’ve written before that search committees should not be stealth committees:

Communication has never been easier so there is no excuse …

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Theological Primer: The 144,000

The 144,000 “sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel” (Rev. 7:4) represent the entire community of the redeemed.

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What Can Church History Teach Us About Wolves?

Wolves and false teachers don’t know how to use wisdom to settle different disputes in different ways.

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Monday Morning Humor

Be sure to stick around for the last joke. It’s well done.

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Book Briefs: Swimming, Biking, Running Edition

Because what do you do when you try your hand at triathlon? You read books about it!

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