Advice to Young Pastors

I just finished Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s book, What is the Mission of the Church?. The Epilogue is describing a fictional, young, zealous church planter wanting to start “a new kind of church.” In it he has a conversation with an older, seasoned pastor. I thought this piece of advice was especially helpful:

You need to remember that you are not the Messiah. You don’t have to build the kingdom. That’s God’s work. You don’t have to atone for anyone’s sins. Jesus has taken care of that. I know you have big plans and dreams. That’s good. Really it is. But big plans are only accomplished after many days and years of small things. What I’m trying to say is, pray for the extraordinary, but expect the ordinary. Don’t try to do too much right away. This is a big city in a big country in a big world. Get to know your neighbors. Invest in a few key leaders. Work hard at your sermons and don’t fret about changing the planet.

Practice patience. Lots of patience. And a day off every week. Don’t forget that.


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