An Outside Look at the Inside of a Pastor

I minister at a seminary that trains the majority of our guys for local church ministry.  One of the blogs I follow referred to Dan Burrell’s blog.  Burrell offers ten insights for congregations to understand their pastor (Part 1 and Part 2).  These are insights from one who was once a pastor himself.  Not only should a congregant read these carefully but future pastors would benefit as well.  Having spent 27 years in one pastorate, I can add my hearty “amen” to Burrell’s observations.   

PS Also notice the need Dan raises under his first observation for pastoral internships: “Much of the experience and expertise in those areas needs to be learned and earned over time.  That fact has lead me to a personal conclusion that we should discuss pastoral internships more seriously in seminaries and church leadership circles.”

That is exactly what we do at my seminary.

New book by one of our PhD students

Check out Bruce Baker’s timely book, Spiritual Maturity: The Road to Wonderland.  There seems to be a struggle to define spiritual maturity recently. (See Barna’s article: “Many Churchgoers and Faith Leaders Struggle to Define Spiritual Maturity.”)  Hopefully, Bruce’s book will bring clarity to the discussion. Bruce is a PhD student at our seminary, BBS at Clarks Summit, PA.