#50: On Some Big Lessons Learned in a Short Amount of Time in Pastoral Ministry

In this edition of the Ministry Minded podcast, I share some thoughts and experiences from the first few months of pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania. I am so grateful yet at the same time so dumbfounded that I get to do ministry as my primary vocation. And not only that, but the Lord has seen fit to call me into a work he is already accomplishing, to shepherd people he is already using to glorify himself. What a tremendous blessing and privilege and honor it is to be involved in the work of the ministry for the glory of God and good of his church. I consider it the highest privilege in the world that God has chosen me to play a role in this endeavor. I echo the sentiments of G. Campbell Morgan, who once said, “Every day I live I wonder more why he called me; but I know he did, and therein is my rest, my peace.” (74) Indeed, I can’t get over the fact that me, a nobody, gets to share the good news about the Somebody who lived and died and rose again for everybody! I don’t ever want to get used to that. I pray I never get over that fact.

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Notes

I’m Brad Gray and I serve as the Senior Pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where I live with my wife Natalie, daughter Lydia, and son Braxton. Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. I am resolved to faithfully and fervently propagate the gospel of “grace upon grace” for the weary and the worn out. It is my sincerest desire to live and minister all “for the sake of the Name.” (3 John 1:7) So long as Christ is exalted, that is enough.

Resources

Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray
Stonington Baptist Church Sunday Sermons
Pastor Brad’s Sermons
The Gospel Doesn’t Blow Smoke, Brad J. Gray
Things I Learned as a Pastor’s Kid,” Samuel D. James
Pray for Presidents: On David Platt and Donald Trump,” Owen Strachan
The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church-Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace, Jared C. Wilson

References

  • G. Campbell Morgan, The Gospel According to Mark (Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1927).

Credits

Intro music: “In Awe (Instrumental)” by Seeker & Servant. Used by permission.

Ad songs: “Coming Like a Fire (Instrumental)” by Seeker & Servant. Used by permission. And “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.