Weak Pastors Need a Strong Gospel

“Timothy… was being thrust into a position of responsible Christian leadership far beyond his natural capacity.”

John Stott wrote those words in his introduction to a commentary on 2nd Timothy. He could have replaced Timothy’s name with mine.

And the more pastors I get to know, the more I’m starting to think that this is the lay of the land.

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Pastor, Be a Gospel Signpost

What is a pastor, and what does he do?

During the twentieth century, the pastor was often stylized as a therapist, or even compared to the friendly sitcom bartender. In recent years, a myriad of metaphors, often borrowed from the business world, have been posited.

The pastor has been called a “visioneer,” a “catalytic leader,” or even a “movement maker.”

For consideration is a new metaphor: the pastor as signpost.

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