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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 2 Mar 2015

In today’s extract from George Herbert, the poet-priest explains how the pastor’s home must be a model for his parishioners.

In today’s extract from George Herbert, the poet-priest explains how the pastor’s home must be a model for his parishioners.

He knows each person in the house so well that he can help them advance in virtue…

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 28 Feb 2015

In today’s extract from his book on pastoral ministry, George Herbert considers the both the single pastor and the married pastor. Taking his cue no doubt from Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, he considers virginity a “higher state” of unhindered devotion for a pastor than marriage. This may well be counter-cultural in many places today, where churches often specifically advertise for “a family man” or “a husband and wife team” to lead them.

In today’s extract from his book on pastoral ministry, George Herbert considers the both the single pastor and the married pastor.

Taking his cue no doubt from Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, he considers virginity a “higher state” of unhindered devotion for a pastor than marriage. This may well be counter-cultural in many places today, where churches often specifically advertise for “a family man” or “a husband and wife team” to lead them.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 27 Feb 2015

Today is the day when the Church of England especially remembers George Herbert. It even has a set prayer in his honour. In our series of posts for Lent on his small book on pastoral ministry, "The Country Parson", we have reached chapter 8, on how to make the most of Sundays.

Today is the day when the Church of England especially remembers George Herbert. It even has a set prayer in his honour. In our series of posts for Lent on his small book on pastoral ministry, The Country Parson, we have reached chapter 8, on how to make the most of Sundays.

Herbert works through each part of the day and how ideally he would like to spend it in God’s service. He prays for the people to come prepared, and that he might edify them when they do. He preaches twice and also catechises in the afternoons. He spends the afternoon reconciling people and visiting the sick, as well as in one-to-one ministry with those who need it most. In the evening he entertains his neighbours with godly conversation. It is the busy market day of the soul!

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