Wanted: Ministers Who Preach Not Themselves, But Christ

Wednesday, 01 Nov 2000

God has sent his ministers on his mission. They are not free to spout their wit and wisdom, but are under orders to deliver as ambassadors a particular message from their Sovereign.
Over the years, I have noticed that "want ads" for pastors have changed quite remarkably. For most Reformed and Presbyterian bodies, as, I would imagine, most Lutheran and Southern Baptist churches, vacancies are advertised in denominational periodicals. Even there, the calls are advertised differently than in the past. Hoping to have my general impression tempered by the actual evidence of mainstream evangelical ads along these lines, I turned to a leading evangelical magazine's classified section. I took a sampling of the last six issues. Some of the "employment opportunities" for pastors included not only ...

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