|Sign Up | Share This Newsletter | Get Our App | Like Us|
|Friday, May 10, 2013|
|How Does a Pastor Finish Well?|
Pastor Steven Earp
On Thursday, Steven Earp, a sharp young pastor from Oklahoma, visited me at my office and asked me, “How can I win long-term and finish well?” Our conversation prompted me to write this commentary. But I’m curious: How would you have answered?
Earp's visit came the same week as another pastor in my city admitted to having an affair. Lee Grady wrote about it here with some very impressive insights, and Jennifer LeClaire commented on it this week with Why Megachurch Pastors Keep Falling Into Sexual Immorality.
Earp, at only 38, is the lead pastor of Elevate Church in Moore, Okla. It is a 19-month-old church that has already about 300 members. We met through a mutual friend from Oklahoma City who told me that Earp is “the real deal.”
That was evidenced by the maturity of his questions:
I was surprised by the questions, because I thought he was coming for a social visit and not for counsel. However, I have been asked these questions before, and I’ve had to grapple with these issues in my own life and in the lives of close friends.
I told him of these ways that people get into trouble, whether they are in Christian leadership or just church members: money, power and sex. Or as someone else put it: gold, glory and girls.I also told him that, in everyone’s life, there will ...
When a rabbi in Jerusalem told Perry Stone that, according to Jewish tradition, speaking in tongues was something the high priest did in the holy of holies, his heart set out on a journey to learn more.
Order today and rethink what you know about the Holy Spirit.
© Copyright 2013 Charisma Media, All Rights Reserved | 600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, FL | 407-333-0600