“And Some, Pastors and Teachers” A Page from "My Day in His Vineyard" -- By: Perry Wayland Sinks

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 096:381 (Jan 1939)
Article: “And Some, Pastors and Teachers” A Page from "My Day in His Vineyard"
Author: Perry Wayland Sinks

“And Some, Pastors and Teachers”
A Page from My Day in His Vineyard

Perry Wayland Sinks

[Editor’s Note: The application of the principles underlying the following suggestive program is much needed in the church at large. Such indoctrination of the members in the Scriptures would revolutionize conditions in many congregations. The details of the plan are those of a successful pastor in many fields. A resourceful pastor would be free to present a “curriculum” of his own arrangement.]

The apostle Paul, in his message to the Ephesians, makes mention of various enablement gifts for ministering to the churches. Dr. Scofield, in his note, holds that these are determined “providentially” or “directly” by the Spirit, both as to the place and the character of the service to be rendered. The kind and quality of the service requisite is determined by the local conditions and needs. The need in “some” churches or places was “apostles”; other churches or places, “prophets”; others, “evangelists”; and still other churches and places, the need was “pastors and teachers.” Notice, in this last, that it is a duplex or mutually reciprocating service-either, to the help of the other, and neither, to the exclusion of the other. Shepherding and feeding the flock, and safeguarding and teaching the household of faith, is the sublime privilege of the settled minister. And the justifying reason for this combined and reciprocal gift is that “devouring wolves” prowl around (Acts 20:29), and “false teachers” seek to delude with “damnable heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). Therefore “pastors and teachers” are both enjoined and conjoined, by the Spirit.

These terms are enjoined and conjoined in modern times by some churches in the installation of a settled minister. This fundamental recognition prompted me, personally, as

my ministry advanced and the sense of my responsibility increased, to plan (when entering upon a new pastorate) my prospective ministry in the new field somewhat as a curriculum of applied Christianity for my church and congregation, under the recognition that I was “pastor and teacher.” This conception took shape practically, though without publicity or even announcement and without consulting any one, as an orderly consideration of the essentials of the Christian faith, and for the “edifying of the members.” The plan was not hard and fast, but flexible and adaptable to local conditions and needs. The plan adopted and observed in several pastorates was substantially as follows:

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