Matt Whitman originally went to school to study law. After a family tragedy struck, he came home to fill in for his dad as pastor of their church, which took him down a path of ministry that led to the eventual creation of his popular podcast and YouTube channel. Each day, the Ten Minute Bible Hour podcast provides listeners with a “fast, fun, deep dive” into the Bible. And as you can probably guess, it’s only a 10-minute listen! Matt also has a YouTube channel, which offers video titles that range from “A Protestant Talks With A Catholic Priest” to “Who Picked What Books Went In The Bible?”
Today, Matt and his co-worker Aron Utecht are talking with us about the weight of ministry, why it’s important to remember that the Gospel also applies to pastors, and why people are more drawn to “normal pastors” rather than “experts.” Our conversation with these guys was interesting and full of great thoughts—I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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1) The weight of being a pastor is heavy. While being a pastor is a noble, important, and meaningful responsibility, there’s also a price to pay that inevitably comes with it.
2) The church has an opportunity. In uncertain times, we know that God is still in control, the Bible is still true, and it will all be okay. As the church, we can provide the answer to people’s messes right now—that God forgives and grace is His gift to us.
3) We can all lean into the Gospel. By definition, we don’t have it together, and we’re going to have to say we’re sorry all the time. The Gospel applies to everyone—even pastors—so don’t take yourself so seriously. It’s okay to be imperfect. Just go love people.
4) People are over the experts. One of our greatest opportunities for powerful, connected ministry is to be relationally driven. Get into people’s lives, be a normal person, and ask questions.
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