The Bateman Family

Batemans in Argentina

Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina

February 22, 2019

From The Pulpit to the Front Porch

From The Pulpit to the Front Porch

 

 

I recently read this description of Richard Greenham’s ministry in England and it was a great challenge to me.

Richard Greenham was a pastor of Dry Drayton, seven miles from Cambridge, from 1570 to 1590.

He worked extremely hard. He rose daily at 4:00, and, each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, preached a sermon at daybreak in order to catch his flock before they dispersed into the fields.

 

On Sunday he preached twice, in addition to catechizing the children of the parish each Sunday evening and Thursday morning. In the mornings he studied, afternoons he visited the sick or walked out into the fields ‘to confer with his neighbors as they were at plough.’

This is a great example of a pastor who was just that, a pastor. He knew that more was needed in a pastorate than just good messages. The people also needed to be ministered to in their homes. Why?

  1. It provides a great opportunity to know the people. A shepherd will know his sheep, including their heartaches and their troubles.
  2. It is personal. There are times when one sheep in particular might need special attention. It allows those members to know that they matter.
  3. It provides yet another opportunity to point the people to Christ. In our pulpits and in our visits, let us always be diligent to point people to Christ, the Chief Shepherd. Sometimes people need to hear this personally for a deeper impact. So, whether in the pulpit or on someone’s front porch, let’s always be pointing others to Christ.

Brining it Home :

I’m thankful for the example of men such as Pastor Greenham. They challenge and encourage me. They show me that more is needed, and that I am not giving my all at times. I want to be a great preacher and a great pastor.

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