From Pastor Ed . . . . .
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (PHILIPPIANS 1:21 ESV)
I was called to my first church in 1980. Betty and I moved to this small community in Idaho following my graduation from seminary where I was taught to be a shepherd, a pastor. I was taught to preach and teach and pray for the people I was called to serve. According to Scripture, these three ministries are the heart of what it means to be a pastor.
There is no mention of serving in the wider community to get exposure for the church. Neither is there a Biblical mandate for pastors to be an expert in church growth , a licensed therapist, a denominational representative or a church administrator. Though no pastor would dare to not visit in people’s homes or the hospital, even that task was given to the deacons in the early church.
I’ll be honest with you, most churches do not believe that study in preparation for teaching and preaching is a priority for pastors. And, prayer? Most studies show that prayer is not a priority either.
Running and growing a church is a priority, as is meeting the ever-changing needs of individuals in the congregation.
Read more: Pastor's Prattle ~ October 2014