Tim Keller’s Advice for Solo Pastors who have to do it all in their Small Churches

Some pastors have to do everything because they don’t have other pastors on staff. They must marry, bury, counsel, preach, teach, lead meetings, evangelize, and sometimes even advertise.

One pastor asked Tim Keller (with Alistair Begg and another brother on the panel) for advice on how to get more sermon preparation time in light of all these other responsibilities. Tim Keller’s answer was very helpful. He basically said that the pastor should worry most about his time in personal bible reading and prayer. That is what must not get squeezed out. That is what many pastors would lose. And that, along with doing all the other things a pastor must do listed above with his people will actually make him a better preacher.

It was great advice in my view so I’m happy to record it here that it may encourage others.

About pjtibayan

P. J. loves Jesus Christ and lives to share life and share Jesus together with Bethany Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County. P. J. has been pastoring since 2002 and earned a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (D.Min.). He blogs regularly at gospelize.me
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