Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts
There are things you cannot know without suffering. So writes John Piper in his foreword to How to Stay Christian in Seminary.
This is true, and yet those are the very things pastors must know, in some sense, as they seek to shepherd their people. Seminary is a place to be instructed and equipped, even though the vital experiences can’t all be simulated. Pastors must understand pain, even when they can’t understand every pain from the inside.
This is why us non-seminarians should care about and pray for those in ministry training and their places of study and professors. Someday soon, these seminarians will be our pastors.
The Kind of Pastors We Need
On the other side of seminary training, we need a shepherd not mainly with a big head stocked with endless knowledge about this and that, but a pastor with a big heart, especially for the suffering.…