Field Notes – 11/10/W
Sinclair Ferguson has a new book coming out – Some Pastors and Teachers – and I can’t wait to read it!
“Most preachers who love to preach look longingly at two models of sermon preparation that are impossible for them to follow.
The first model is that of the Senior Pastor of a large multi-staff church in North America who is expected to concentrate on preaching and so is able to spend thirty or more hours a week in preparation. Other staff will handle most of the other duties relating to pastoral ministry.
The second model of sermon preparation that is impossible for most preachers today is that of “the country parson” of a few generations ago. He lived in a peaceful idyllic setting and was able to devote the whole morning on weekdays for study and preparation.”
“One asset to fruitful pastoral ministry that probably can’t be overstated is emotional intelligence – empathy, curiosity, self-awareness.” (Jared Wilson)
Check out this new website – Faith in Later Life – with the aim of helping to encourage, equip, inform and inspire individual Christians and Churches to continue to lead the change needed so that older people in every community in the UK will receive the Christian encouragement, care and support that they need.
“Some people think it would be cool if we had a coffee shop. But I don’t want people getting their lattes here. I want them getting their lattes at the four Starbucks in our area so they can get to know the baristas and invite them into our body.
I don’t want our church doing basketball tournaments for lost people. Lifetime and LA Fitness already have basketball tournaments filled with lost people. I want our guys playing in those games.
We are trying hard to keep the church lean, stripped down, very program-light.
There are no frills.”