Pastor Mike Lawyer, director for Christ Church’s “Center for Biblical Counseling”, has served in a wide variety of ministries, and has a wealth of wisdom and insight into the temptations, trials and difficulties which are likely to face men in the ministry. In this wide-ranging interview, Ben Zornes & Dr. Lawyer discuss how God prepares and shapes a man for pastoral ministry. Such preparation must go beyond just academic book-learning; rather it must be a combination of deep seeded faith in Christ, love for God, and compassion on lost and suffering souls.
Greyfriars Hall aims to prepare men in three key arenas: Purity, Boldness, & Truth. They must first of all be men of purity, men of boldness, and men of truth. Take one of these ingredients away, and you have a toxic brew for heresy, abuse, or ministerial burnout. As Robert Murray M’Cheyne once said:
Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this, for your sermons last but an hour or two; your life preaches all the week. If Satan can only make a covetous minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good eating, he has ruined your ministry. Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your thoughts, your words from God. Luther spent his best three hours in prayer.
A Greyfriars Hall Discussion with Dr. Lawyer
If you missed the first interview with Pastor Douglas Wilson, head over and read this blogpost: Purity, Boldness & Truth.
If you missed the second interview with Pastor Toby Sumpter, head over and read this blogpost: A Greyfriars Hall Discussion: Pastor Toby Sumpter.
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