I want to talk with you—kind of talking shop honestly—so I’m not going to stand up hand do a normal talk, but I did I recognize that most of the people here in the room are headed to some sort of ministry—maybe it’s pastoral ministry, maybe it’s something else—missions, marriage counseling ministry—but my guess is most of your headed toward a certain type of ministry.

It’s important for us as pastors to remember that the only two spheres of life are not just the family and the church.What I want to talk to you about today are some things that you can keep in mind to be able to minister better to people in your church who just have regular, sort of 9-to-5 jobs that require them to be either in an office, on a construction site, or in a retail sales place, because I think it’s super important for us as pastors to remember that the only two spheres of life are not just the family and the church. There’s a whole other sphere out there that I think—because of the trajectory that a normal pastoral career will take from college to seminary to church life whether it’s internships or youth ministry or whatever it is—we can often forget that there’s this whole other sphere out there that we, usually, as pastors, don’t have a whole lot of interaction with or experience with.

Senior Pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church

Greg Gilbert serves as the Senior Pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He holds an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or co-author of several books including, The Gospel at Work: How the Gospel Gives New Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs (2018) and What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission (2014). 

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