Pastors, Learn From Non-Pastors

Garrett Kell | May 10, 2017


Most pastors have a right desire to train up future pastors. We realize that one day our ministry will end, and that we ought to be preparing the next generation to take the gospel to places we cannot go.

This focus, however, can lead us to overemphasize training future pastors at the expense of training—and learning from—“ordinary” congregants. 

Here are five reasons we must devote some of our best time, energy, and resources to training up and learning from electricians, lawyers, teachers, and bankers.

1. They make up most of your flock.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

God has called you to give attention to all the flock, not just some of it. The size of a congregation affects how much attention elders can give to each sheep, but each sheep must matter to us because, as Jesus made clear, each sheep matters to him (Matt. 18:12–14).

Each sheep must matter to us because, as Jesus made clear, each sheep matters to him.

If most of your time, energy, and effort is given…


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