The Pastor: An Instructional Guide to his Call, Life, & Work

From 1978 to 1998, pastor Albert Martin taught a course at the Trinity Ministerial Academy on how to be an effective pastor. Every Friday, students would gather for two hours of instruction on this vital topic. Pastor Martin himself has been pastoring for over 50 years and brings a wealth of experience to bear on all the issues which relate to the pastor and his work. Fortunately, the last time pastor Martin delivered these lectures, they were recorded in video format for the benefit of the church worldwide. These are the lectures which comprise the essence of this course. No matter what the ministry is in which you are involved, we are certain that the instruction contained in these lectures will change the way you approach your work. May God continue to bless these lessons to the advancement of His cause and kingdom.


Unit 1: The Call of the Man of God to the Pastoral Office

Lesson 1General Introduction to the Course
Lesson 2Introduction and Foundational Principles
Lesson 3Fundamental Errors
Lesson 4Elements of Biblical Call – Desire
Lesson 5Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 1 – Character
Lesson 6Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 2 – Experience
Lesson 7Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 3 – Disposition & Faith
Lesson 8Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 4 – Gifts
Lesson 9Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 5 – Mind
Lesson 10Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 6 – Utterance
Lesson 11Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 7 – Leadership
Lesson 12Elements of Biblical Call: Fitness pt 8 – External Confirmation
Lesson 13Elements of Biblical Call: Opportunity & Recognition

Audio Recordings for Unit 1.


Unit 2: The Life of the Man of God in the Pastoral Office

Lesson 1Introduction
Lesson 2In Relationship to God pt 1- Introduction
Lesson 3In Relationship to God pt 2- Word
Lesson 4In Relationship to God pt 3- Secret Prayer
Lesson 5In Relationship to God pt 4- Seasons
Lesson 6In Relationship to God pt 5- Reading
Lesson 7In Relationship to God pt 6- Health
Lesson 8In Relationship to God pt 7- Strength
Lesson 9In Relationship to His People pt 1- Love
Lesson 10In Relationship to His People pt 2- Boldness
Lesson 11In Relationship to His People pt 3- Respect & Confidence
Lesson 12In Relationship to Yourself
Lesson 13In Relationship to Time & Responsibilities

Audio Recordings for Unit 2.

Unit 3: The Preaching Ministry of the Man of God

Lesson 1The Distinction Between Preparation and Delivery
Lesson 2Predominantly Biblical
Lecture 3Selection of Sermonic Materials
Lecture 4Importance of Perspicuity of Form & Structure
Lecture 5Cultivate Perspicuity of Form & Structure
Lecture 6Application in Preaching
Lecture 7Cultivating Aptitude in Application
Lecture 8 – Illuminating Devices
Lecture 9 – Earthiness
Lecture 10 – Appropriate Length of Time
Lecture 11 – Full Manuscript Pros
Lecture 12 – Full Manuscript Cons

Audio Recordings for Unit 3.


Unit 4:  The Sermon: Its Content & Form

Lecture 1 – Different Kinds of Sermons
Lecture 2 – Legitimacy, Pros & Cons
Lecture 3 – Texual & Consecutive Expository Sermons
Lecture 4 – Constituent Elements: Introduction
Lecture 5 – Introduction Construction
Lecture 6 – Constituent Elements: Body
Lecture 7 – Textual Expository Goals
Lecture 8 – Consecutive Expository Goals
Lecture 9 – Consecutive Expository pt 2
Lecture 10 – Constituent Elements: Conclusion
Lecture 11 – Conclusion Construction
Lecture 12 – Doing the Work of an Evangelist
Lecture 13 – Essential Disposition

Audio Recordings for Unit 4.

Unit 5: The Sermon – Its Delivery

Lecture 1 – Sermon Delivery Foundation
Lecture 2 – Formative Perspectives
Lecture 3 – In Relation to God
Lecture 4 – In Relation to Himself
Lecture 5 – His Emotional Constitution and Activity
Lecture 6 – Emotions in Oral Communication
Lecture 7 – Appropriate Expression of Emotions in Preaching
Lecture 8 – Vocal Powers
Lecture 9 – Employment of Vocal Powers
Lecture 10 – Physical Action in Preaching
Lecture 11 – In Relationship to Hearers
Lecture 12 – In Relationship to Written Material
Lesson 13 – In Relationship to the Environment

Audio Recordings for Unit 5

Unit 6:  The Work of Oversight, Governing, & Shepherding (part 1)

Lecture 1 – Introduction
Lecture 2 – Prevailing Dispostition
Lecture 3 – Dominant Dispositions
Lecture 4 – Biblical Tasks
Lecture 5 – Corporate Worship
Lecture 6 – Ordinary Services
Lecture 7 – Worship
Lecture 8 – The Lord’s Supper
Lecture 9 – Baptismal Services
Lecture 10 – Cultivating Public Prayer
Lecture 11 – Contents of Public Prayer
Lecture 12 – Guidelines in Public Prayer

Audio Recordings

Unit 6:  The Work of Oversight, Governing, & Shepherding (part 2)

Lecture 1 – Services Precipitated by Traditions
Lecture 2 – Weddings
Lecture 3 – Funerals
Lecture 4 – Corporate Prayer
Lecture 5 – Guidelines Corporate Prayer
Lecture 6 – Cultivating Ministry of the Body to Itself
Lecture 7 – Directives for Corrective Church Discipline
Lecture 8 – Purposes of Corrective Discipline
Lecture 9 – Forms of Church Discipline
Lecture 10 – Framework: Plurality of Elders
Lecture 11 – Framework: Parity with Diversity

Audio Recordings

Unit 7:  Interchurch Communion & Evangelism

Lecture 1 – Cultivation of Interchurch Communion
Lecture 2 – Duty of Interchurch Communion
Lecture 3 – Biblical Mandate for Evangelism
Lecture 4 – Biblical Motives for Evangelism
Lecture 5 – Means for Evangelism
Lecture 6 – Pastoral Counseling
Lecture 7 – Setting of Pastoral Counseling
Lecture 8 – Presuppositions regarding the Person Counseled (part 1)
Lecture 9 – Presuppositions regarding the Person Counseled (part 2)
Lecture 10 – Presuppositions regarding the Counsel Given
Lecture 11 – Guidelines before and after the Session
Lecture 12 – Treating the Problem
Lecture 13 – Assessing Progress & Dismissal
Lecture 14 – Ethics of Pastoral Counseling

Audio Recordings
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