Friday, May 19, 2017

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; and
2. Introduce your people to the presence of God in such a way that they abide there.

That will be enough because, as Howard Thurman once wrote, 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)