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Temptation of a Shepherd: Hiding From God


This is from The Resurgence’s article adapted from Darrin Patrick's book Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission, available now.

Many pastors use their shepherding ministry to hide from their own sins, deficiencies, and flaws. I first came on staff at a church when I was only 19.

…The pastor was sexually involved with several women in the church.

I remember the confrontational meeting I had with the pastor and the deacons of the church. Without hesitation, all of them said this pastor was there every time they were in the hospital, or had a need, or had a sick child. They basically said because this pastor was such a good shepherd, they were going to overlook his sexual immorality. In that moment, I began to realize that some pastors use their shepherding ministry to atone for and justify their sins.

Read the full blogpost here

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Darrin Patrick is the lead pastor of The Journey, a church in St. Louis, and the Vice President of Acts 29, a global church planting network. He also serves as the chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. Darrin is the author of The Dude’s Guide to ManhoodChurch Planter, co-author of For the Cityand contributor to the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible and Don't Call It A Comeback. His next book, Replant, is set to release in May 2014.