Concordia Theological Monthly

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missionary pastor, mission, grace

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Have we become guilty of introducing faulty terminology by speaking of a certain group of pastors as "missionary pastors"? The impression seems to be abroad among us that missionary pastors are the men who are working in parishes under the supervision and control of some mission board. We speak of so many mission-stations. A given synodical District lists so many missionaries at work in the Home Mission field. Synod has so many missionary in the Foreign Mission field. These are the "missionary pastors." However, the pastor of old St. John's on Foch Boulevard is not a missionary pastor. His church is crowded to the doors every Sunday. His hands are so full taking care of the members of the church that there is not even a thought of mission activities.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars