Thank God for those who walk before us and communicate their experiences in ministry in ways that stimulate, motivate, and equip us for our work in the kingdom. Eugene Peterson has been a pastor, scholar, author, and poet, and has helped many over the years understand the very heart of ministry. I recently read again an interview that Peterson gave, and I was stunned by how gently yet cuttingly he described the very work of pastoring today.
Read this following excerpt and reflect on your own calling—and Peterson’s cautions—to pastoring.
(Interview Question) If you were asked by one to describe what is at the heart of the work of pastoring and shepherding, what would you say?