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Practical Points for Ministry

Dr. P.G. Vargis

Practical Points for Ministry

Unlock the keys to impactful Christian ministry, gaining practical wisdom, leadership skills, and the secrets to a resilient marriage.

4 Video Lessons

Watch, listen, and learn as P.G. Vargis shows you how to have an impactful Christian ministry.

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Practical Points for Ministry

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan to discuss this four-part series by P.G. Vargis.


Embark on a transformative journey with Dr. P.G. Vargis as he shares invaluable insights in this impactful course tailored for aspiring and seasoned individuals in Christian ministry. Rooted in practical wisdom, the course covers key aspects such as vision setting, leadership development, and fostering growth. Dr. Vargis, a seasoned church planter and missions leader, brings a wealth of experience, emphasizing the importance of personal commitment, integrity, and strategic leadership. Beyond ministry, the course extends to building a resilient marriage based on faith and positive values. Ideal for those seeking practical and actionable guidance, this course is a must for individuals dedicated to making a lasting impact in Christian service.

What You’ll Learn

  • Practical wisdom for ministry success with a focus on individual impact.
  • Leadership development strategies, including team building and promoting potential.
  • The importance of training, mentoring, and cultivating a family atmosphere within the ministry.
  • Key leadership principles for fostering growth, emphasizing effective management and tactical aggressiveness.
  • Insights into building a happy and resilient marriage, including prioritizing God, family, and maintaining open communication.


1. Capturing the Heart of God

In Session 1, “Vision and Setting Targets,” Dr. P.G. Vargis imparts practical wisdom for ministry success, emphasizing individual impact, citing examples like Thomas and Judas. Dr. Vargis advocates for leadership that trains and builds its own team, stressing the importance of promoting those who exhibit potential. The session underscores the need for personal commitment, integrity, and a master plan, emphasizing reliance on prayer and God’s glory. Dr. Vargis shares his remarkable experiences, including setting ambitious goals and achieving them through unwavering faith. The session concludes with insights on leaving a ministry with grace, delegating responsibilities, and recognizing the crucial role of women in Christian service. 

2. Leading By Example

In session 2, “Leading By Example,” Dr. P.G. Vargis shares insights drawn from his impactful journey in ministry. From a life in the army to becoming a Christian leader, Dr. Vargis emphasizes the importance of training and mentoring young men and women. He stresses the value of expressing gratitude and personal attention to leaders, cultivating a family atmosphere within the ministry. The session advocates for having a clear vision from God, selling that vision to co-workers, and treating others with care and respect. Dr. Vargis underscores the need for personal responsibility, unity in the ministry, and the exercise of faith. The session concludes with valuable principles, including trust, delegation, and the blessings that come from following God’s commandments.

3. Leadership Principles for Growth

In Session 3, “Leadership Principles for Growth,” Dr. P.G. Vargis shares insightful leadership principles for growth based on his extensive experience as a church planter and missions leader. Emphasizing the importance of effective management, he highlights the need for leaders to be exemplary in various aspects, from prayer and personal conduct to meticulous attention to details. The session covers seven key qualities of a great pastor, stressing the significance of tactical aggressiveness, strong character, and a steady sense of purpose. Dr. Vargis encourages leaders to be present, communicative, and to make quick decisions guided by faith. The overarching theme is to foster growth through leadership grounded in faith, humility, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

4. A Minister’s Marriage

In Session 4, “A Minister’s Marriage,” Dr. P.G. Vargis shares insights from his 40-year marriage. He outlines ten commandments for a happy marriage, including prioritizing God, family, church, and work, and fostering love and trust. He advocates for regular family prayer and meals, avoiding the mention of divorce, and not dwelling on past grievances. Practical tips for improving married life include setting a positive example, being polite, and teaching children responsibility. Dr. Vargis emphasizes the importance of protecting children, maintaining communication, and safeguarding against negative influences. The session encourages a harmonious family life rooted in faith and positive values.

Quick Facts


English, French




1.52 credit units

No. of Sessions

4 Sessions

Running Time

2 hour 11 minutes

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About the Instructor

Dr. P.G. Vargis

Dr. P.G. Vargis, is a prominent Indian evangelist, author, mentor, and social reformer. He pioneered the Indian Evangelical Team (IET) as a highly effective church planting ministry. 

He has dedicated his life to the challenging mission of spreading the gospel in the unreached regions of South Asia. Despite facing intense persecution and personal sacrifices, Dr. Vargis remains steadfast in his commitment. His journey began in North India, where familial rejection and isolation were countered by God’s promise of a larger, spiritual family. Today, he expresses gratitude for the support received from friends and allies who have become an integral part of his mission.

IET, under Dr. Vargis’s leadership, is a dynamic ministry with a multifaceted approach to empowering the oppressed in South Asia. Originating in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, IET extends its reach through social services, education initiatives, disaster relief, and care for underprivileged children. Operating ten children’s homes, numerous churches, and mission stations, IET has grown exponentially, impacting over 5,000 churches and 25,000 pastors and teachers in India.

With a remarkable portfolio of over 60 books, including his autobiography Compelled to Share His Love. He holds honorary Doctorates of Divinity and Literature, and remains a beacon of inspiration. Dr. Vargis, alongside his wife Lilly, travels extensively, encouraging the Body of Christ to spread the transformative love of Jesus both within India and abroad.


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