Sunday 12 July 2009

John Stott on An Enabling Ministry

‘The New Testament concept of the pastor is not of a person who jealously guards all ministry in his own hands, and successfully squashes all lay initiatives, but of one who helps and encourages all God’s people to discover, develop and exercise their gifts. His teaching and training are directed to this end, to enable the people of God to be a servant people, ministering actively but humbly according to their gifts in a world of alienation and pain. Thus, instead of monopolizing all ministry himself, he actually multiplies ministries.’

John R.W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians, The Bible Speaks Today Series (Leicester: IVP, 1979), 167.

Today’s daily thought from John Stott, a service provided by Langham Partnership International and John Stott Ministries.

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