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How You Can Pray for Pastors | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.


 
It may seem selfish to ask you to pray for me, but I need it. A pastor is a sheep like any of his congregants. He is not above his congregation. His spiritual gifts make him more visible and influential but not more important.  A simple internet search on “praying for your pastor” will yield some good results that I can’t necessarily top (see below). It’s been said that “Pastors have a bull’s eye on their back and footprints up their chest.” (Who signs up for that?!) Gospel ministry is not easy because done right means invading the enemy’s territory with supernatural truth. So, here are a few ideas on how to pray for your pastor: 

  1. Pray for my own walk with Godthat I would have rich personal time in the Scriptures and prayer daily. 

  2. Pray that I would discipline myself to use my time wisely and arrange my priorities in a way that honors the Lord and builds the church.

  3. Pray that through my manner of life Christ would increase and that I would diminish (John 3:30).

  4. Pray that I would kill complaining in my life and be more full of joy and gratitude.

  5. Pray that I would love my family and that they would not feel as if they are “second fiddle” to the church.

  6. Ultimately, pray that I would not lose the awethe awesomeness of God, the awe of saving grace, the awe of being a child of God, the awe of being a lifelong lover to my wife, the awe of the simple things of life, the awe of being a dad, etc. Pray against cynicism (one of my personal weaknesses), which by becoming more awe-filled tends to abort my cynical tendencies.
FURTHER RESOURCES 

+  Tim Challies blog has perhaps the best compilation of links to articles on the subject.

+ Ligonier Ministries while limited boils it down to 5 wayschock full of Scriptures, too.

Bob Glenn is incisive in his breakdown of this topic.

John Piper is almost always helpful.

+ And, Nancy Leigh DeMoss' website has a month-long plan on specific requests for each day of praying for your pastor.

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Gospel Reproduction | Classics Series

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The following blog is the newest installment in our Classics Serieswhere we revisit posts from days gone by. This blog was originally posted in April of 2013.


One of the surest ways to keep a church healthy and make Jesus Christ famous is to train the church's people. 

The apostle Paul says to his protégé in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 

Paul’s vision for the gospel’s spread and the exaltation of Jesus Christ was grander than the dates of his own life. If Addison Street Community Church is to be relevant in our city and grow into a healthy church, it must intentionally entrust the gospel to the younger generation of committed Jesus followers. The context of 2 Timothy is pastoral ministry. 

Paul has a perpetual four-generation view of gospel reproduction: him → Timothy → faithful men → others.

Part of my vision as a pastor is to nurture and train up aspiring pastors. To that end, you will soon see (mostly) younger guys in the pulpit with me or serving in other capacities; giving them opportunity to test their desires and develop their gifts. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see men and women trained from our congregation and deployed into the fields of gospel opportunity all over the world?

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