Monday, December 07, 2009

Country Parson

Tim Keller's advice to young ministers -- "Consider Becoming a Country Parson."

That's good advice for those who are eager to get out into the field of ministry. As a solo pastor, you'll get a chance to do just about everything everything.

Most young people upon graduation, hope for a staff position in a larger suburban church, but that kind of ministry does not equip one for the multiple demands of senior/solo pastorate or church planting.

The fact is -- there is a shortage of rural/small town pastors -- and a glut of people hoping for staff positions.

One important reminder, however, is in order: a country pastorate is NOT merely the stepping stone to a "bigger and better" ministry. It may BE the bigger and better ministry for you.

With over 18 years of experience as a country parson, I can honestly say it is the most rewarding ministry position I could possibly imagine.


Dave Q said...

Amen Mark. Having moved to a country area a couple of years ago and having finished my training, I can't think of a better place to Minister.

Anonymous said...

It is no WHERE you serve, it is HOW you serve.

Anonymous said...

It is not WHERE you serve, it is HOW you serve.