Is Reading important for a pastor?

Is it important to read?  I would argue that it is very important for a pastor to read and to read widely.   First and foremost I believe that reading in order to learn is an essential characteristic for those who desire to “Love God with all their minds.”  Second, I think Jim Shaddix statement articulates another clear reason for a pastor to read.  —“The development of a working knowledge in various fields will not only sharpen your intellect but enable you to engage the church and the culture form an informed perspective.”[1]

Never forget the old maxim, “Leaders are readers.”


[1] Jim Shaddix, “How to Build a First Rate Library,”  The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching, 576.

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