Augustine’s Job Description for a Pastor

Augustine once described some of his daily challenges as bishop of Hippo.  The following quote struck me as an apt description of the role of pastor-see what you think.

“The turbulent have to be corrected, the faint hearted cheered up, the weary supported; the gospel’s opponents need to be refuted, its insidious enemies guarded against; the unlearned need to be taught, the indolent need to be stirred up, the argumentative checked; the proud must be put in their place, the desperate set on their feet, those engaged in quarrels reconciled; the needy have to be helped, the oppressed to be liberated, the good to be given your backing, the bad to be tolerated; all must be loved.”

This job description cries out for the grace of the gospel in the heart of a servant leader-and a little Advil.  Lead well!

One response to “Augustine’s Job Description for a Pastor

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