What I Learned from My Pastor


John Jackson shares four important lessons he learned from his pastor.

Dr. Robert C. Bradford (Bob) was my pastor 32 years ago when I married my precious wife, Pamela. He and my dad (Dr. Marvin Jackson) performed our ceremony in August of 1979. He was a great encouragement to me in many ways, including writing and leadership.

Here are four major things I learned from his ministry:

1) The importance of relationships. Bob always invested heavily in people and in relationships. Ministry that is lasting is about relationships.

2) The importance of discipleship.  Bob always was a gracious and committed discipler; he learned and taught discipleship wherever he went.  I DEEPLY appreciate his heart for the Word, for prayer, and for discipleship in local church ministry

3) The importance of equipping people for ministry. Bob always released ministry to the people and hated the clergy/laity distinction. I learned leadership from Bob at the very beginning. I think my fire for leadership was lit by his ministry in my young life.

4) Handle your money well.  Bob was a businessman before he became a pastor. I have not always followed his great example here, but I learned early the importance of caring for your finances. Bob has been able to invest in the training and education of many people through his careful stewardship of God’s resources over the years.

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