The Key To An Effective Pastorate
by Pastor C. R. Stam
The humblest pastor, one who has had little opportunity for formal
training and may have few natural endowments, may take heart in the
knowledge that ultimately the key to true effectiveness in the
pastorate is spirituality. And the greatest pastor, well educated
and liberally endowed with natural talents, had better remember
this, for a large and “successful” ministry is not necessarily
blessed and honored of God, while a seemingly insignificant one may
be richly blessed.
Remember, the Apostle Paul referred to himself as “unknown, and yet
well known,” as “poor, yet making many rich” (II Cor.6:9,10). He
could boast no great organizational backing, yet even his co-workers
were called “these who have turned the world upside down” (Acts
17:6). The truly spiritual pastor may know little about worldly
matters, but he will give much time to the study of the Word of God
and will be earnest and instant in prayer. He will not be
self-satisfied,or high-minded, but will walk humbly, begging God
every day to make him the pastor he ought to be.
The truly spiritual pastor will be “crucified unto the world” and
will “flee [from] youthful lusts.” He will truly love lost souls and
the congregation God has entrusted to him and will toil
unremittingly for their good. He will conduct himself as a servant
of God and will trust God to use him for His glory.
How can such a pastor be a total failure? The key to a truly
effective pastorate, then, is not intellectual endowment, or
scholastic attainment,or a well-rounded education, or a thorough
training, much less wealth or fame or personal magnetism; it is
spirituality, with its desire to please God and to know and obey His
Word, rightly divided.
Our Purpose and Mission
The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of
encouraging Christians to believe what God says.
We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller
knowledge of Him, and the Grace of God. Until we all come
into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till we all come in the
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature
of the fulness of Christ:"
OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:
2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the
flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh,
yet now henceforth know we [him] no more. Therefore if
any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things
are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And
all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself
by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the
ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in
Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing
their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech
[you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin
for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him.
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