Our culture is defined by performancism. We rank ourselves and compare ourselves by our achievements and then determine our worth and value thereon. It’s easy for us to get sucked into the mire of performance-based living. And so it is that pastors are often some of the most performance-based people out there. Some pastors live by numbers. By results. Good attendance is met with good feelings. Bad attendance is met with discouragement and even depression. Pastors are some of the worst when it comes to being defined by achievements and accomplishments — yes, even pastors who preach the gospel with their mouths can be infected by the drug of performance in their personal lives. But whether you pastor a large church or a small church, the gospel rings loud and clear about who you are in Christ. Your performance as a pastor doesn’t bear the weight of your justification. Jesus did that for you.
In this installment of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I’m joined by Pastor Landon Coleman to speak to some of these same realities. Landon has a heart for local pastors and seeks to speak the paradigm-shifting gospel into their unique situations. A gospel that declares everything settled and nothing’s left undone, left to prove. A gospel for all people, for all pastors, “regular pastors.” And so whether you’re a pastor or church member, I think this episode will greatly encourage you as Landon and I speak to the “regular realities” of the Christian faith and endeavor to continually point you back to Christ.
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Landon serves as the teaching pastor for Immanuel Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas, where he lives with his wife Brooke and four children. He’s a graduate of West Texas A&M University, and a two-time graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his M. Div. and Ph. D. Landon is gifted preacher and writer, as is evidenced by his authorship of two books as well as his curation of the Regular Pastor website. He’s also a regular contributor for Servants of Grace. Be sure to connect with Landon on Twitter, @landoncoleman82.
Pastor to Pastor: Practical Advice for Regular Pastors, Landon Coleman
Pray Better: Learning to Pray Biblically, Landon Coleman
The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert E. Coleman
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt
Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World, Michael Horton
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer
The Holiness of God, R. C. Sproul
The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine
Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.
Photo via Harry Miller / Unsplash