Normally in this space I interview some of the well-known pastors, authors, artists, and theologians who shape the contemporary evangelical church. I'm grateful for the opportunity to highlight their giftedness and wisdom and provide good content for pastors and church leaders.
But today I want to do something different. I want to interview a man who may not be known to most of my readers, but whose faithfulness and impact have had a profound effect on me. His name is Bill Swanger. He's faithfully pastored churches for over 50 years, including an interim pastorate right now in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I had a chance to profile him forLeadership Journal in December. I hope you enjoy his insights. -Daniel Darling
1) What is the role of personal character in the ministry of a pastor?
Every pastor models Christ before his congregation 24/7. Some do it well, some do it poorly. Pastors have committed to preaching the very Word of God and if they are to be recognized as sincere ...1