The Pastor’s Devotional LifeJuly 9, 2009
The penny is finally dropping for me that the minister’s devotional life really, really is his number one priority. On the subject, John Tindall has some excellent discussion starter questions about pastor’s personal walk with the Lord. I’m planning to write my thoughts on each of them shortly.
• What benefits overflow to families and congregations when a minister is walking closely with the Lord?
• What other aspects are there to our devotional life? What part should retreats or fasting have, for example?
• Should we keep a spiritual journal?
• What are the obstacles to having quality time with God? How do we overcome these obstacles?
• In spiritual oversight, who pastors the pastor?
• What should we be praying for? How should we divide up our prayer time?
• How do we keep our reading of Scripture fresh?
• John Wesley used to say that he thought very little of a man who did not pray for four hours every day. Discuss.
• Are there devotional Christian books that should be read by every minister?
• How can we encourage one another to read good books?
• How important is it to vary our reading?
• How can we help one another when we are feeling spiritually barren?