Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Pastors often feel that their ministry has a split personality. Torn between biblical models of preaching and pastoral care on the one hand, and secular models of administration and leadership on the other, they often feel as though they’re living separate lives. The result is confusion, ineffectiveness, and burnout.
It doesn’t have to be this way, says Jill Crainshaw. Congregational leaders can learn to develop better visions of what their ministry is about. They can draw on the best of biblical tradition and contemporary theory to become more effective and faithful in all aspects of their calling. They can partner with their congregations, bringing their personal sense of vocation and the congregation’s sense of its particular mission into agreement and harmony. Focusing on the ministries of proclamation, formation, and leadership, Crainshaw provides the reader with ways to develop more integrated, holistic, and hence healthy ways of serving God and leading God’s people.