#37: On some personal notes and pastoral ministry lessons.

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In this episode of Ministry Minded, I provide some personal updates and ponder some pastoral lessons that I learned in my first year of vocational ministry. After the whirlwind that was 2017, 2018 has, similarly, been filled to the brim — and 2019 shows no sign of slowing down. I understood that 2018 would be a year of change, and it’s certainly lived up to its billing. From changing jobs, to getting ordained, to moving into a new house, to entering full-time ministry, this year has been quite a ride. But through it all, God’s been faithful and gracious. I couldn’t be more thankful for what God’s brought me through and what we’ve been able to see and do and be a part of.


Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Center for Public Theology

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader, Jason K. Allen, general editor 

The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan 

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


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I’m Brad Gray and I currently live in South Florida with my wife (Natalie) and daughter (Lydia). Besides pastoring, I spend most of my time writing, reading, and ministering in many more ways. My sole aim is to proclaim the timeless message of God’s gospel of grace in everything I do and say. Whether through the written or spoken word, my priority remains sharing and upholding the good news Christ’s life, death, and resurrection for sinners.


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.