by James W. Bryant and Mac Brunson
Some years ago one of the authors was invited by the Lutheran bishop of Dusseldorf to come to Germany and speak to his new pastors. The bishop had been converted to Christ long after he had become a Lutheran minister. When asked what he saw as the greatest need of his young, beginning pastors, he replied, “They need to be saved.”
In a private conversation with one of the young men, the author asked how he decided to become a minister. He shared that he was working in a trucking company and the work was very hard. He did not think he wanted to work that hard the rest of his life. He looked around at the various professions and decided that being a pastor in Germany would be easy.
German Lutheran pastors have their salaries guaranteed by the government, whether or not anyone attends the churches they serve. So this young man decided to become a pastor. He had no personal conversion experience and no sense of a divine call. There is nothing in the Bible that even approaches such an idea of the pastorate.