A Call for Balanced Pastors

Church Planter by Darrin Patrick

In reading Darrin Patrick’s book, Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission, I read a passage that I found to be great wisdom for pastors. This is a great reminder for me, and counsel I have often hoped my pastor friends would hear and put into practice. Darrin writes,

Pastors tend to stay in their strengths and avoid their weaknesses. “Theology guys” to tend spend a lot of time reading and discussing dead theologians. “Missional guys” tend to spend a lot of time analyzing culture and drinking lattes. “Shepherding guys” tend to spend a lot of time hanging out with people and counseling them. But rarely do we see pastors step out of their strengths into their areas of weakness. Why is this? Because it is uncomfortable. It is difficult. It is flesh-starving. (p.59)

This is a good challenge for anyone who is passionate about serving Jesus. It is dangerous to give too much time and attention to your strengths and personal interests to the neglect of your weakness. Be challenged to spend more time growing outside of your comfort zones.

We do not need anymore theological bobble-heads (thanks Johnny Grimes for teaching me this term) who are puffed-up angry Calvinists and have little to do with church growth or the Great Commission. Neither do we need anymore flaky Arminian pragmatists consumed by church growth methods, but are shallow when it comes to gospel and theology. We need our practices to be driven by thoughtful theology, and our theology to be fleshed out by thoughtful methods. We need this call for pastors to pursue balance in their ministries.