Monday, December 11, 2006

Student Statement on Pastoral Ministry

This is finals week so I am knee-deep in grading papers. Here is one particularly encouraging quote from a student essay, where the student is addressing the question of what the nature of pastoral ministry is.

“It should be the heart of every minister that he does not lose one of the sheep that he has been given, but that he works with all his might, intellect, sweat, and blood for their sanctification so that the church, the bride of Christ, may be presented blameless before the bridegroom at the end of days.”

Well put, and Amen!


Anonymous said...

Good job professor!!

David Dansker said...

This is especially encouraging in light of the misinterpretation of Matthew 18 by church growth pastors who are very willing to sacrifice the sheep they've inherited by estranging them from the worship service by incorporating worldly methods to attack the goats.


Anonymous said...

How very encouraging indeed. In my limited experience, more and more of the ministerial students are thinking in these terms. I pray the trend continues.