What do you think of this quote from Paul Tripp?
I am more and more convinced that what gives a ministry its motivations, perseverance, humility, joy, tenderness, passion, and grace is the devotional life of the one doing ministry. When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior. There simply is no set of exegetical, homiletical, or leadership skills that can compensate for the absence of this in the life of a pastor. It is my worship that enables me to lead others to worship. It is my sense of need that leads me to tenderly pastor those in need of grace. It is my joy in my identity in Christ that leads me to want to help others live in the middle of what it means to be “in Christ.” In fact, one of the things that makes a sermon compelling is that the preacher is worshiping his way through his own sermon.(Dangerous Calling, 35)
If this is the real secret of ministry, then the burden for effective ministry really comes down the spiritual maturity and spiritual vitality of the main leader.
Is this correct?
If so, the logical correlation is this:
325,000 churches in America.
Many/most of them dying/declining/plateaued/nearly dead
Most pastors are spiritually disconnected, immature, and/or apathetic.
Is this the wrong correlation to make?
If you agree with Tripp, what other assessment could/would you give?
What do YOU think? I’d love to hear your thoughts…
HT: Kevin DeYoung