Stand Firm

“Pastoral work consists of modest, daily assigned work.”  Peterson (Eugene) compares pastoral ministry to work on the farm with its routines of unglamorous chores, such as cleaning the barn, mucking out the stalls and pulling weeds.  Spiritual mentoring is farm work in which we meet routinely with our mentoree for periodic unglamorous conversations and prayer. Though moments of grad epiphany burst in or around us, the heart of mentoring another is the modest work of the routine.  The great hymn of the church says, “I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasy,  … O take the dimness of my soul away.”  “Most pastoral work takes place in obscurity: deciphering grace in the shadows, searching out meaning in a difficult text, blowing on the embers of a hard-used life. This is hard work and not conspicuously glamorous.” (p. 43)

– (Anderson, K. R., & Reese, R. D. (1999). Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction. Downers Grove IL: Intervarsity Press.)

Take courage, Pastors from 1 Corinthians 15:58   “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”

Written by Stuart Hall

Married 1988 to Lyndell Ordained Sept 1992 Four Children: Emily, Joshua, Bryanna and Jonathan Pastored Gympie WMC 1992-2000 Pastored Townsville WMC 2001 - District Superintendent North Queensland Oct 2011