Brian Croft has some words of wisdom about being a fruitful pastor without being a plenary speaker. He writes:
“Can a pastor still be fruitful if he has not spoken at a large conference?
“This might appear to be a strange question, but you would be surprised at the amount of pastors asking it. Do not misunderstand, I could not be more excited about these historic movements such as The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, and others like it. Much significant work for the kingdom is being done by those who lead them. Nevertheless, a down side to these movements is an insecurity that can develop in many ordinary pastors who feel their gifts are far less than those speaking at these premiere conferences and it ultimately leads to a questioning of their own effectiveness as a pastor. . .
“Dear brothers, God does not need those with extraordinary gifts. They exist as a gift to us to encourage and spur us on in the trenches of pastoral ministry. Attend these excellent conferences. Listen and learn. Be fed by the Word these gifted men preach for your benefit. Yet, do not envy them. Do not allow their unique gifts to make you question that God has gifted you to do the precise work He desires to be done in the exact place you find yourself pastoring today.”
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