Day: February 9, 2007

The pastor as poet

You’ve taken the survey, I’m sure.  You know the one — where you find out if your gifts in ministry put you in the apostle, prophet, poet, or pastor category.  I always want to be the apostle.   I can see it now, all my emails begin —

“Chuck, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the saints in Chatham….”

Or something like that.  And guess what — I usually score apostle on this test.  I like the idea of being out there on the raw cutting edge of ministry, leading the charge to take the gospel to all the world.  Then real life rears its head, and I am reminded that I am not on my third missionary journey — I’m on my way to the hospital to see a member facing surgery.  Did Paul visit people in the hospital? 

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