Pastoral Leadership and Missions with David Platt

Episode #166
October 9, 2015
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Podcast Episode #166

We talk church pastoral leadership and missions with David Platt. David was in town a few weeks back for LifeWay Chapel and a few other events and was kind enough to join us to discuss the IMB, how pastors can lead their churches on mission, and the struggles he faced as a pastor.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There is a very real sense in which the Word does the work.
  • The beauty of pastoring is that you don’t have to be ultimately innovative or creative—you’ve gotta be faithful.
  • Part of the role of a pastor is to develop leaders.
  • Global missions is the purpose for which we have breath on the planet.
  • No matter what size church you’re in, seek for the Spirit to call out missionaries from the church.
  • There are great ways for us to do short-term missions trips that have long-term effects.
  • Short-term missions ends up fueling long-term missionaries.
  • People won’t be what they can’t see.

About David Platt:

Dr. David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.

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