Here is the final installment of the Pastor Survey, a list of questions sent to various pastors I know.
Name: Milton Stanley
Church: between churches (attending Shady Grove Church of Christ as a member)
Location: Mud Creek, Tennessee
1) How do the qualifications for a pastor in 1 Timothy 3 make you feel?
My tradition (a cappella Churches of Christ) makes a distinction between preachers (ministers, often paid staff members) and elders (pastors, usually not paid staff and holding office only in groups, not as a single pastor). Therefore, while I think I have the qualities of an elder or pastor, so far I’ve served congregations only as a minister or preacher. I sometimes wonder if it’s not asking too much of elders when a grown child falls away from the faith and a church considers the father therefore unqualified to serve. I also feel humbled and grateful that God has blessed me with faithful children.
One of my preaching mentors really hammered me about saying “uh” when I preached. Obviously I didn’t like it at the time, but it really helped me not do it so much.
None, really. I wish people would ask me more questions. I’ve prayed and studied for years and feel like I have something to offer, but I’m not one to offer much unsolicited advice.
None come to mind.
1 John 2:1-6
When I’m studying the Word of God and when I’m helping others come to faith or grow in Christ.
4 whole Bibles, 2 New Testaments
Do you preach more from your strength or your weakness?
Like Peter in Acts 2, preach the Word and have 3,000 new believers be baptized
We are saved by God’s grace through Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected.
Praise God, of course.