One of my goals for my sabbatical last year was to study the life and ministry of the 18th century English particular Baptist Pastor, Andrew Fuller. Now that my time away has ended and feels so long ago, I thought I would still share about my findings. After a few books read, portions of the 3 volume works read, and a very meaningful breakfast with Michael Haykin and Jeremy Walker (friends and Fuller experts) discussing Fuller, the blessing of studying this
faithful man of God exceeded my expectations.
I was so blessed and learned so much that it would be unwise to try and share all the ways I was impacted. However, as a steward and discipline to my time of study, I have summarized ten lessons that I learned from Andrew Fuller’s life that will impact my pastoral ministry from this moment on. Because of this, I thought I would share them with you with the hopes you will be challenged in the same way I was and as a result, might be moved to dig deeper into this man’s life.
In no particular order, modern pastors should consider Fuller’s example and…
1) Affirm a needed process to affirm pastors for pastoral ministry.
Even at a young age and exceptional gifts identified in Fuller, his congregation still took him through a rigorous process to be affirmed for ministry. The modern pastor would do well to learn from Fuller’s experience and make sure he and his local church is taking an active role to Test, Train, Affirm, and Send pastors into the ministry.
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