“My house shall be called a house of prayer”
-Jesus Christ, Matt. 21:13
A LEADERSHIP EPIDEMIC
You don’t have to look far to realize that the modern day pastorate is currently in crisis. Sadly, we’ve tried to turn to better methods, strategies, and tools as the answer; all to no avail. All the while, God is calling pastors back to the basics of biblical, pastoral ministry. The apostles knew this, and saw it as the primary agent to fulfilling God’s work in the church; “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the to ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4
The question is now, “Will you answer God’s call to lead passionately and biblically?”
OUR MODERN DAY DISADVANTAGE
Sadly, our pastors are not entirely culpable for our current state. In many ways, they have been prepared to lead this very way, through the instruction of our seminaries and other ministerial institutions. Rightly so, great emphasis is given to the teaching of the word; its importance, its practice, and its efficacy. But more often than not, this is all to the great neglect of prayer, and the pastors responsibilities in prayer.
So this leaves pastors in great want of resources in regards to learning to pray and lead prayer. Hear these two seasoned ministers share on the disadvantages in prayer that an over emphasis on teaching and academia has produced.
THE POWER OF THE WORD AND PRAYER TOGETHER
The New Testament is clear on the priorities that should capture the attention and the devotion of the pastor. While there are many good things pastors can, and must, devote themselves too, no ministry models or philosophies can usurp what God has ordained as a pastors highest calling: prayer and the ministry of the word. It is only through these two key commitments that pastors and churches will truly experience the power and blessing of the Holy Spirit to carry out the supernatural work that is needed for fruitful Gospel impact today.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
So are you ready to give yourself continually to prayer and the ministry of the word? It is no small task or “quick fix”. But if you are ready to be an authentic and biblical leader, we want to come alongside you and be a help for the journey.