Pastors' Blog

A shepherding tool of San Gabriel Community Church

Pastors Steve, Dave, and I were talking last week about pastoral ministry. In that conversation, we reflected on the apostles’ commitment recorded in Acts:

“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Acts 6:4 (ESV)

How imperative that these priorities define a pastor’s ministry! We encouraged each other in these pursuits, and agreed that a simple yet significant way we could communicate their importance was by referring to our locations on campus as “studies” rather than “offices.”

We’re not the first to have thought of this. Here is a short article I found helpful:

https://wscal.edu/blog/pastors-study-or-office

It may take a little while to get used to the name change. But I think it’s worth it. So the next time we have an appointment, let’s meet in my study.

Blessings,

Pastor Greg

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There was a time when most churches used hymnbooks for congregational singing. Many of us can remember worshipping with the red Great Hymns of the Faith or the blue Hymns for the Family of God hymnals here at San Gabriel.

But times have changed, and hymnbooks have been increasingly replaced by projectors and presentation software. Churches making this move–ours included–have done so because they believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

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