I heard about a pastor who fell away from the faith in a staff meeting at a church where I used to intern. It shocked everyone because he was a successful pastor. We wondered aloud how a pastor, who now seemed never to even be a Christian, could save so many others.
The lead pastor answered, “That’s just how powerful the Word is.”
This is an example of an ineffective pastor who happened to be an effective preacher. He wielded the Sword with the best of ’em, but he did not wield it on himself.
I pray that this would not be you. Or me. I pray that we would be true shepherds, even as we are sheep of the Good Shepherd’s fold.
So lest you (or I) believe that you are an effective pastor, just because you are an effective preacher, I’d like to send you off to Doug Wilson’s little post, “10 Things an Effective Minister Must Remember.”
And you must think hard about about numbers 2, 8, 5, 6, 1, 9, 3, 4, 7, and 10 in particular.