Articles by James A. Cress
Evangelism and discipling do not constitute an either-or issue in Christian calling. We need both in order to fulfill our Lord's commission.
Literature evangelism really works!
Like ripples from a rock dropped into a quiet pool, the trauma of clergy sexual misconduct spreads well beyond the personal life of those directly involved.
Some believe pastoral visitation is dead. However, when members describe qualities of the ideal pastor, they typically list visitation as a high priority.
When Jesus likened evangelism to fishing, He probably wasn't thinking of a line on a pole dropped into a quiet stream with a bit of attractive bait. Jesus envisioned winning great numbers the gospel going to the whole world.
Tips to help with your school
Some helpful tips to help you manage your time
I learned some valuable lessons from the '94 Los Angeles earthquake
Ways that leaders can support and encourage pastors
Who should you trust to evaluate you?
I hope some of my favorite quotations will brighten your day and challenge your thinking!
The condition of those who are lost is not always apparent.
Caring for those who have AIDS
Grappling with the pain and reality of unfinished business in ministry.
Some common sense concepts that can help your ministry
The key to real successful evangelism
Will Eva, the newly appointed editor of Ministry Magazine, on his experiences in Korea.
Our church paper changes to meet the times.
The greatest lesson I learned in Freshman Composition came when a generous woman extended grace instead of the results of my own works, which is really what I deserved.
With regard to new believers, too often we do that which Jesus says must be reserved for the day of judgment and for angels who will serve as God's agents.
The Scriptures call for the working body of Christians-all Christians, whether so-called laity or so-called clergy-together to spread the good news of salvation.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is entering a new and exciting ministry of rekindling the hope that Jesus brings.
What do your symbols say?
The team-ministry of husband and wife
The importance of caring for new believers
The change of personnel in the Ministerial Association.
When desiring to encourage, or even to mandate, increased Scripture study, pastors and evangelists everywhere have utilized Paul's admonition to the young minister.
Starting a new church
What kind of things destroy leadership?
Faithful stewardship means survival in the final crisis.
During the Wyoming camp meeting, I was privileged to meet with the Junior group who used Noah's ark as their theme.
Another look at the NAD retirement plan
Preaching the Word of God is life changing.
For spiritual growth, doing is more important than watching!
A special printing project.
It is important for us to understand the proper use of power and to learn to avoid its abuse.
Adventists are preparing to launch another evangelistic thrust via satellite downlink, our greatest such project in history.
Infusing life into the sermon hour.
Some ministers eagerly approach retirement with well-tailored plans while others view retirement as the curse that removes them from "the real world."
When one leader, who has never served as a pastor, recently suggested that there are no expectations for pastoral spouses, it is appropriate to ask whether we should we lower our expectations?
A collection of quotations
Adventists have affirmed the gift of prophecy given to our church through the ministry and writings of Ellen G. White. However, it seems that we "believe" in her counsels more firmly if they fit our preconceived notions, and we tend to "disregard" her counsels if they inconvenience our own plans or procedures.
In the fireplace of life, Robert Spangler was pure cedar.
How we can build trust.
A look at what it means to be a preacher's kid
New CD provides pictures, video clips, graphics, charts, and sermon texts for the busy pastor
I find real joy when inviting others to give generously to a program or project in which I believe.
Conversion will be evidenced by fruit.
My understanding of 13 key outcomes to expect from a proper focus on a local church-based ministry.
Intolerance is ugly in any setting and particularly so in the realm of religious belief and expression.
What is the policy for renting out my church?
An overview of our faith centered in the bedrock of a relationship with our Saviour.
Another look at sin and the Blessed Hope we have in Christ to save us.
This project is the single largest distribution of the Scriptures in the shortest amount of time in the history of the world.
Twin dangers as we approach the new millennium
What's going on? What are the deeper and more destructive problems facing our Church today?
Wise speakers select a variety of approaches to appeal to various individuals in their audience and thus have greater potential for piercing the preoccupation barriers of more people.
Prioritizing pastoral issues
What should we do while we wait?
Human motivation and its potential for evangelism
Any church determined to reach their children and youth can make a real difference, not by producing ever more sensational spectator programming, but by involving the whole church, especially the youth, in meaningful ministry activities.
Pastors have the great privilege and responsibility to discover and recruit the very best laity leaders (elders, deacons, trustees) for God's church.
Now I believe churches should sponsor libraries and as a pastor I have encouraged laity librarians in two different congregations to establish a church library.
Are you ready to die?" When my colleague and long-time friend, Harold Baasch, confronted me with this question, I initially thought he was enquiring about my salvation.
The greatest impact a pastor can make on the establishment of a new family is prior to the wedding ceremony during premarital counseling.
Let me encourage you with a real way to expand your staff without appealing for extra funding from the conference and yet accomplishing more ministry than you might have imagined possible
Perhaps no evangelist in history has preached to more people in more countries than Billy Graham, who, during more than a half century of public ministry, has avoided even a hint of scandal or impropriety.
A meaningful program that demonstrated high spirituality and careful planning.
Jesus' generosity toward sinners outraged the establishment of His day just as quickly as this column will aggravate some religious practitioners today.
Departing and arriving ministerial staff
I hope these good, practical ideas will awaken excellence in pastoral ministry for you.
All humans embrace the familiar and routine and resist that which challenges our comfortable, long-established patterns.
Few Adventist leaders are so well known and loved that merely their initials identify their ministry and mission.
I encourage ministerial secretaries everywhere to alert the elders throughout their territories about the appropriateness of giving honor to whom honor is due (see Rom. 13:7).
Thirty years ago, June 7, Jesus gave me the greatest gift beyond His saving grace. Sharon became my partner in marriage, ministry, mischief, and mission.
I feel fortunate to be alive.
Today, I believe we still have the opportunity to best represent Jesus' character by a joyful countenance and friendly demeanor rather than stern, joyless approaches.
In order to effectively labor, pastors must place their associates in the best possible position. What, then, do they owe those who assist them?
How do we bring about revival?
You cannot visit all the members all the time. The reality of overcrowded schedules and overstressed ministers often leaves an awesome expectation gap between intention and reality.