A pro quarterback better be able to throw a pass. A cardiologist must be able to interpret an EKG. These skills are essentials of their trades.

Pastoral ministry also has fundamentals. But in today's world, it's hard to stay focused on the pastoral essentials.

We met with four pastors in Madison, Wisconsin, to explore the pastoral essentials and the distractions that pull us away from our core calling: Bob Goodsell is campus pastor of the north site of Door Creek Church. Alex Gee, Jr. is pastor of Fountain of Life Church, a multi-ethnic church ministering in urban Madison. Matt Arndt is pastor of Bread of Life Anglican Church, a church plant started by Matt and his wife six years ago. Dale Chapin is pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in downtown Madison.

Everybody knows playing basketball has a short list of essentials-dribbling, passing, rebounding, shooting, and playing defense. What's your short list of essentials for pastoral ministry?

Bob Goodsell: Our senior ...

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