This week we (the Crossway Church pastors) are in Gaithersburg, MD, at the Sovereign Grace Pastors College taking in a class on Pastoral Ministry by CJ Mahaney. It’s been instructive, refreshing and convicting for each of us. One of our goals is to grow in caring for Crossway Church in greater ways and CJ’s teaching is having a profound effect on us.
We are so grateful for each of the faithful saints within Crossway Church. It is an outstanding privilege to be your pastors and you make it a joy for us to lead. That is a wonderful evidence of God’s grace in your life. We are amazed and grateful that we get to live out our faith together in the context of the local church with you all.
Paul addresses the elders of the church in Ephesus in Acts 20:19, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”
One of CJ’s main points is to view pastoral ministry as the Bible views it; Pastors as Shepherds. The Shepherd motif is a wonderful picture of how pastors should view their ministry. However, first and foremost, we are all weak sheep who need to be shepherded by the Chief Shepherd himself.
CJ shared this quote from Edmund Clowney, “The elder has authority; he is called to exercise a shepherd’s oversight. Christ the Chief Shepherd (5:4) has called him to exercise a shepherd’s care. But the undershepherd is not a stand‐in for the Lord. He presents the word of the Lord, not his own decree; he enforces the revealed will of the Lord, not his own wishes.”
He also shared this excellent quote from David Powlison, “The shepherd must know that he is one of the Shepherd’s needy and beloved sheep (2 Corinthians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 10:12–13). You can best give to others the very things that you are receiving and living.”
We look forward to being with you all again. We continue to be amazed at the grace of God in each of you. For we thank God for you! Grace and peace to each of you.