I teach topics related to mission: evangelism, church planting, small-group ministries, cultural anthropology, mission theology and so on, and I am also involved in research projects like context analysis and church analysis; this is my passion as well as my profession.
Working on projects by myself is one thing, but training pastors and teaching others to run projects has taken my work to another level. My main focus is on developing others, coaching them, and helping them to grow. When I work with local churches, I listen to people’s questions, conduct surveys and design analysis on church growth-related issues. In this regard, not only am I teaching, but I am also learning.
The essence of being a pastor is seeing how God is revealing Himself in people’s lives. If you want to discover the joy of what it means to be a pastor, you have to go where God is working actively in people’s lives
If you are interested in serving God, don’t hesitate to start with theological studies – we need to know our Bible. I remember learning Greek and Hebrew at the beginning of my studies – I asked myself, “why do I need this?” but I am profiting from it now. Often, I need clarity about differing translations of the biblical text, so I do my research and discover the text’s original meaning when I enter the original languages. As pastors, we need to invest in our learning of theology because it benefits our ministry.
|Written by Pastor Laszlo Szabo, Associate Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies at the Department of Theology at Friendensau Adventist University in Germany. He is also the Director of the Arthur Daniells Institute of Mission Studies.|