Become an Iceberg Pastor

| January 13, 2016

When you’re a pastor, from time to time people will ask you, “What do you do during the week?” It’s an excellent question (but not usually for the reasons people ask it).

There are no job descriptions for pastoral ministry in the New Testament. Yes, there are directives and pointers that feed into the picture of what pastoral work looks like. But, generally speaking, I’d say that how a pastor spends his time is usually more influenced by a whole range of other factors—personality, church culture, theological heritage, character, and context.

For me, it’s a matter of constant adjustments and course corrections. I doubt I shall ever be satisfied that I can confidently tell you what a pastor should do during the week, and that’s partly because there simply cannot be a universal job description for this calling.

One Underpinning Rule 

But there is one rule that I think ought to underpin every pastor’s understanding of his calling, which is that he needs to be an iceberg. What do I mean? Simply this: that whatever public ministry he engages in (that bit above the surface) needs to be built on a lifetime of preparation, growth, character, learning, and reliance on God (the…

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