What 1,000 churches reveal about spiritual growth
from Outreach Magazine
“I don’t pastor a church; I pastor a community.” This somewhat unconventional statement guides the ministry of Terry Inman, senior pastor of Harbor Light Church in Fremont, Calif. Note his use of the word pastor as a verb; he uses it instead of the word serve as a way to describe his relationship to the community. To serve—the term most often associated with how a church interacts with its community—means to be useful or to render assistance in some way. To pastor, on the other hand, is a broader concept. Derived from its original Latin roots with the meaning “to shepherd,” to pastor means to take on the role of guiding, watching over, and protecting an entire flock.
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