Saturday, February 04, 2023

The Twofold Task of a Presence-Driven Pastor

(Kitty Hawk pier)

The task of a pastor in a Presence-Driven Church is twofold:

1. Enter into God's presence and dwell there.
2. Introduce your people to the presence of God in such a way that they abide there.

That will be enough because everything is available in the presence of God. To abide in God's presence is to live a fruit-bearing life.

Beyond this, nothing is needed. As Eugene Peterson writes:

"God and passion. That is why I was a pastor, that is why I had come to this place: to live in the presence of God, to live with passion — and to gather others into the presence of God, introducing them into the possibilities of a passionate life." (Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness, p. 45)

My leadership book is Leading the Presence-Driven Church.