What advice would an older pastor give to a younger pastor?

I was given a copy of this letter Sunday.  This is a letter written in 1920 from an older Kentucky pastor.  He is advising a young man who is taking his first pastorate.  One unknown pastor to another just trying to be faithful.  Here is a portion of his most excellent advice that all pastors should heed:

“You asked for suggestions and I venture to make two or three; Don’t scold the people, feed them and feed them.  If possible never let a regular service of the church go by default. Regard the entire community as your field of labor.  Be sure to visit all the sick and keep in sympathetic touch with all that are in trouble.”

What beautiful, timeless advice!  Pastors, go and do likewise.

 

Posted in Discipleship, Evangelism, Preaching, Training for Ministry

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