Pastor’s Special Responsibility

An enterprise which aims at the evangelization of the whole world in a generation, and contemplates the ultimate establishment of the Kingdom of Christ, requires that its leaders be Christian statesmen—men with far-seeing views, with comprehensive plans, with power of initiative and with victorious faith.

While the call to evangelize was addressed to the whole Church a special responsibility rests upon the home pastor because he has been divinely appointed to lead the forces. He holds a key position. If he lacks the missionary spirit; if he is not fully persuaded that the cause of missions is the cause of Christ Himself, his church will not be missionary.

As the pastor so the people, is generally true in relation to this subject. It would be difficult if not impossible to find a case of a pastor deeply and actively interested in missions who has not met with a real response from a goodly number of his parishioners. “Let the pulpit give its proper place to the subject that was the vision of prophets, the song of sacred poets, the consolation of the Redeemer, the labor of apostles, the ingathering of the Gentiles; and missions would have a new standing in the Church, a fresh development in the world.”

Where the pastor gives much missionary information to his people and systematically presses the claims of the world upon them, the people become missionary. His responsibility acquires added significance when it is remembered that the Church on the mission field will be a reflection of the Church in Christian lands. Its life will not reach and remain at a higher level than the life of the home congregations.

There are striking examples in all Christian countries showing what one pastor can accomplish who devotes himself with conviction and enthusiasm to the cause of the world’s evangelization.

 John R Mott, The Evangelization of the Word in This Generation

About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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