Articles by Derek Morris
Successful preaching is a science and an art. This article will transport you from thorough sermon preparation to effective delivery—one step at a time.
Sit down with Dr. Jiří Moskala, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, and learn about the wonderful programs being offered and his advice for the future.
Sometimes when we ask for a sign, the Holy Spirit simply points us back to the Word that has already been revealed.
Identify volunteers who are full of wisdom.
We have made the commitment to provide a translation of our lead article each month in a variety of languages.
The One who has led you this far will not leave you now.
What are the warning signs when a spiritual leader might be at risk?
The author advises that “when using and interpreting the writings of Ellen G. White, we must apply the same principles of interpretation to them as we do to Scripture.”
There was an intense tug of war. Was this teaching really the truth or just another person’s opinion?
It is so easy and professionally acceptable to neglect appropriate self-care while encouraging others to intentionally replenish physically, emotionally, and socially.
Do you have young adults in your circle of influence who have leadership potential?
Take a moment to reflect on your current support system.
In this double issue, we focus on the important themes of the second coming of Jesus and mission.
Should we not focus on signs and wonders? We should focus on Jesus and His Word.
A valuable resource for seasoned and inexperienced evangelists alike.
The preacher is commissioned to pray as well as to preach.
As we study the Scriptures, we discover not only where we came from but also where we are going.
Both individually and collectively, we have been blessed to bless.
One of the greatest dangers for pastors is depletion.
How is it possible to preach in an age of constant, organized, intentional distracttion?
What is your greatest challenge in ministry? I am sure we could find numerous answers to that question, but let me suggest one that is mentioned more and more frequently: exhaustion.
She gave me a visible manifestation of the unfathomable love of God. Who could ask for more?
Have we finally found peace, or have we just chosen to forget?
You’ll find this month’s issue of Ministry packed with helpful material that can assist you as you preach, teach, and serve faithfully.
What is your experience either as a Millennial yourself or building bridges of understanding and community with Millennials in your congregation?
An outstanding preacher shares how he senses the hand of God as he speaks to his listeners.
How do you deal with difficult questions?
Defending Basic Rights: A Conversation with Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Leaders (March 2014)
As a result of this interview, you will gain a deeper understanding of the work and involvement of these leaders in the religious liberty and public affairs in our world.
Searching the Scriptures, serving the church: The mission and ministry of the Biblical Research Institute (June 2014)
The editors of Ministry interview the theologians of the Biblical Research Institute.
This special issue of Ministry is devoted to the theme of evangelism—both personal and public.
How often have I tried to plant a church in a community without paying any attention to the condition of the soil?
Announcing the launch of Ministry online.
A lack of spiritual vitality in the life of the pastor can be devastating personally, for the pastoral family, and also for the church.
Is there fertile ground that, with diligent work and loving care, could become a source of life and hope?
Do you believe in restoration? Are damaged Christian leaders salvageable?
Read why two pastors’ wives became involved in Women’s Ministry.
The call to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord involves a willingness to surrender our agenda and let Him be the Author of our histories.
How can we reach the teaming masses with the good news about Jesus?
Practical counsel to apply to important relationships
Change isn't easy, even when initiated by God.
Remembering and learning from our past: An interview with Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) (April 2013)
David Trim, Rowena Moore, and Benjamin Baker answer questions about what they call “a three-legged stool—archives, statistics, and research” that represents a department at the General Conference headquarters.
We don't have to speculate about Jesus.
Serving as a pastor in the twenty-first century is hard work.
The Ministry team has added a new dimension to its work: MinistryinMotion.
Have we become so accustomed to the chaos of our time that we cannot see the signs of the times?
Ministry’s editors dialogue with the president of the North American Division.
Christians need to be intentional about building bridges of love and understanding with this large sector of the world’s population.
When we move by faith beyond our internal insecurities and external adversities, we will see God work in life-changing, world-transforming ways.
How would your hearers describe the focus of your public presentations and personal interactions? Are you giving them more substantial nourishment than the junk food of this present age?
The treasure that we can bring to those within our circles of influence is the good news about Heaven’s greatest Gift.
Read how God uses a hospital chaplain who impacts lives and communities with the healing ministry of Christ.
A tribute to John R.W. Stott.
The author encourages people to spend time each day with God in Bible study and prayer and then share the received blessings with others.
Have you ever found strength and wisdom through the Word of God in a moment of temptation? It happened for Jesus. Three temptations are recorded during His time of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and each time Jesus found strength and wisdom in the Scriptures. . .
I have been blessed to serve in a variety of pastoral settings: multichurch, solo pastor, and multistaff. Even during my tenure as a full-time university professor, I considered it a privilege to serve as a pastor to my students. As I reflect on these years, the blessings of pastoral ministry have been too numerous to count. . .
European people live in a society that has left Christianity behind—how do Christians witness in this atmosphere?
The apostle Paul was bold and unapologetic in his confession to the followers of Jesus in Corinth: “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).* Similarly, to Christians in Galatia, he wrote, “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14).
I have found great joy knowing that countless Christians around the world are also seeking to be filled with the Word of God.
Editor’s note: Hyveth Williams brings a rich history of pastoral ministry and homiletic excellence to this interview. She currently serves as professor of preaching, Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States.
The reformation we all need is a continued shaping of our hearts and lives in harmony with the will of God.
Why didn’t they just brush him off as another fanatic? Because they saw holiness in his life; they saw a living connection with God.
What will happen to me if I give the Lord of the harvest permission “to throw me out into His harvest field”?
Are you taking care of the instrument God gave you to spread the gospel?
A compilation of 12 great sermons on the cross of Christ.
This book has been hailed as a "landmark publication."
A highly respected preacher talks about reaching people where they are
Preaching that leads people to arrive at their own conclusions
Finding a path to deeper personal spirituality
Relating God's unchanging Word to our ever-changing world.
Courage to preach extra-culturally
The necessity and value of passion in preaching
An interview with Haddon Robinson on effective preaching
Ravi Zacharias gives tips on reaching the secular minds of today.
The bottom-line essentials in preaching.
An interview with Dr. Thomas G. Long.
An interview with Henry H. Mitchell by Derek J. Morris.
Using congregational feedback to improve preaching
An interview with Thomas H. Troeger
A viable plan for using our congregations in the act of sermon creation
An interview: Practical principles for effective public speaking
Interview: The value of and approach to exposing biblical doctrine in the pulpit.
I was taught to pray from childhood. My parents encouraged me to pray when I got up in the morning and when I went to bed at night. They led us in prayer before and after each meal. I am deeply grateful for what I learned about prayer through my Christian upbringing. Some important foundations were laid. But there was a lot about prayer that I didn't know. I didn't know that prayer was all about relationship, a love relationship with God. I didn't know that I had to ask for spiritual blessings in order to receive them. I didn't know what a difference intercession could make.
How to successfully hold a preaching calendar, and how it can and will benefit you.
An interview with Luis Palau
An interview with Barry Black, chaplain of the United States Senate.
Derek J. Morris interviews Charles D. Brooks.
Two great preachers discuss the importance of preaching, preparation for preaching, and making an appeal at the end of the sermon.
A five-step process to leaving your notes out of the pulpit. (But you'll still need to write a manuscript!)
Preaching involves more than spoken words. Nonverbal communication can make or break your sermon.
Sequence preaching: How to design and prepare an effective sermon series
Here's a way to incorporate drama into the sermon in a way that church members will find refreshing.
A well-known speaker and author shares his passion for ministry to youth.
Is streaming video a reason to stay home, watch church services, and avoid the crowds? Or does it actually have benefits?
Many preachers view preaching as simply a time to speak. They fail to recognize that effective preachers need to listen attentively to their listeners. Every listener provides valuable feedback during the sermon, and wise preachers will learn to listen attentively to this feedback in order to connect more effectively with their congregation.
We need a firm biblical foundation.