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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. more


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