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Derek Brown posted a new article today about praying for your pastor. He made some comments in the article I thought were very insightful... because they are true: 

  • "...few Christians really know what pastoral ministry entails."
  • "For some, the quip, 'A pastor only works one day a week” may seem pretty close to the truth."
  • "Others view pastoral ministry as a helping profession (akin to professional counseling, but easier) where the pastor’s 35-40 hour workweek consists mainly of coffee-shop chats, a few staff meetings, and a little light reading and Bible study. Good stuff, but none of it too difficult."
  • "...some Christians think of their pastors more as CEOs whose main job is to manage and expand the programs and overall influence of the corporation rather than shepherds who have been called to feed and protect sheep."
  • "Marketing, management, motivation, and resource acquisition are seen as the pastor’s primary responsibilities rather than preaching, teaching, praying, and training other leaders."

And then he goes on to lend credence to these views because of pastors themselves today

  • "...many people have such a truncated view of the pastoral ministry (a view that is, sadly, perpetuated by some lazy and incompetent pastors)..."


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The Pastor-Theologian: Valuable and Necessary

an article by Derek J. Brown

Pastors of what seems like a long-lost era were doctrinally grounded and biblically saturated, to be sure; but they were also well-read in other important branches of study—literature, economics, politics, philosophy, and science—and were therefore able to apply biblical truth to these areas of inquiry with keen spiritual and intellectual skill, helping their people think theologically about major trends within the church and the greater society.

Most importantly, the pastor was a theologian. Today, however, the pastoral office is no longer viewed in such categories.

...the larger contemporary church has loaded the pastoral role with responsibilities and expectations that hinder if not altogether prohibit the work of theology. The pastor is seen chiefly as a “leader, organization builder, administrator, coach, inspirer, endless problem solver, spiritual pragmatist, and so much more.” For a pastor to consider how he might engage in important doctrinal discussions and cultural issues, pursue some form of theological writing, and make scholarly contributions to the larger Christian academy is to indulge in pointless fantasy

The pastor-theologian, despite what history may tell us, appears to be an ecclesiastical impossibility in our current age.

Greg's Comments:To the extent that local churches refuse to support pastor-teachers with their loyalty and "honor," we will not have these kinds of men in our pulpits leading us. As the saying goes, "You get what you pay for" and churches today do not value pastor-teachers.


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I was reminded again today that...

  • God does NOT call pastors.
  • Churches call pastors.

If a church does not call you to be a pastor, you are not called to be a pastor. You may "desire" (1Tim 3.1) to be a pastor; you may be qualified to be a pastor (1Tim 3; Titus 1); you may be prepared and ready to be a pastor (1Tim 4); but until a church calls you... you are not called to be a pastor.

 Tom Chantry made a few comments. His first and second are very insightful: 

Leer más: The Pastoral "Call"

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The Almost Inevitable Ruin Of Every Minister . . . And How To Avoid It

by Don Whitney

1 Timothy 4:15-16 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Almost everyone knows someone who used to be in the ministry. Almost everyone knows someone who shouldn't be in the ministry. And every minister knows another minister—if not several—he does not want to be like.

But the sad news for ministers is, regardless of your age or education or experience, it is almost inevitable that you will become the kind of minister you do not want to be. So I think it's important to address the subject of: the almost inevitable ruin of every minister . . . and how to avoid it.

Once when a Southern Baptist denominational executive was on the Midwestern Seminary campus in the late 1990s, he asserted that statistics show that for every twenty men who enter the ministry, by the time those men reach age sixty-five, only one will still be in the ministry.

Leer más: The Ruin of Ministers

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