What is your pastor reading?

In one of those share-on-Facebook list articles about how to encourage your pastor or priest, I came across an interesting suggestion: ask him what he’s been reading lately.  This can be encouraging in a couple different ways.

  1. It shows your curiosity about your pastor’s interests – sometimes we have a hard time just telling other people about the books or articles that we’re reading because we don’t know how many people we’re going to bore to death, or distract people with accidental reading ideas when they should be focusing on other things, or whatever.
  2. It shows your concern for your pastor’s continued education and learning.  It is vitally important that a teacher (in any subject) be a life-long student of the subject.  A Bible teacher or preacher needs to be reading through the Bible constantly, as well as reading other things to broaden his knowledge and perspective.
  3. It encourages your pastor actually to read.  Some of us are great readers and some of us are very slack.  Asking us about our reading can help spur us on when we’re faltering or failing in that part of the pastoral life.

I suppose this begs the example question: what am I reading these days?

Ask the clergymen in your church what they’re reading, and see what you find!

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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