October 27, 2008

Quote for Today - Eugene Peterson


"The pastoral responsibilities for building up a community of faith ... are grave and must not be trivialized or secularized: scripture must be taught and preached, prayers must be offered, visitation must be conducted, sacraments must be administered, counsel must be given, worship must be led.
"There are other ministries to be conducted in both the church and world - other weapons to use, other methods of attack - but there are also other persons set apart for them.
"The pastor must do the work he or she is given to do. The pastor is not the only person involved in ministries that build up the community of faith, but the only one who has pastoral work to do. The pastoral work ought to be defined as narrowly as possible to guarantee that it be accomplished expertly and thoroughly." -- Eugene Peterson