After my last post from Spurgeon, I received the following comment from one of my mentors, Eric Sipe. As usual, Eric offers some helpful thoughts about the pastor’s role–and a bit of a corrective to Spurgeon’s comment:
I think I know what he is saying and have an appreciation for it, however, I don’t think it is an either/or situation. I think what happens on “pastoral visitation” gives unction and focus for the pulpit on Sunday. I also think many, many pastors use that very excuse to not do the hard stuff of disciple-making that a shepherd must do because he wants to “feed” his people. So, they stow themselves away and think that they will do it all in the pulpit on Sunday, but their style or gifts do lend to good communication so in reality, it is not happening in the pulpit either. Consequently, we have weak people who are not shepherded. You know me, I am inclined to plead that earnest shepherding be done as well as earnest preaching!
Bingo. Thanks, bro!