Are You a Proficiently Reliant Pastor?

Jason Helopoulos | November 11, 2015

I graduated from seminary and was looking to pastor when a church invited me to candidate. They asked me to preach a couple of times, and a week later inquired whether I would be their pastor. Unfortunately, the previous pastor had introduced theological errors into the life of the church, and it was embroiled in theological heterodoxy. The congregation and elders were still trying to decide where they stood on these vital issues. To make matters more difficult, this church was at odds with its denomination’s teaching. 

I wasn’t sure what to do. I wanted to pastor a church, and here was a local body of believers who wanted me as their pastor. But it was a church brimming with problems. By God’s grace, an older pastor in the faith gave me some helpful advice: “Jason, don’t get entangled in controversies early in ministry. Devote your first years to learning the Scriptures above all else.” This was good and godly counsel.

I took his advice and told the church I wouldn’t become their senior pastor. I made one of the best decisions of my life. 

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