#57: On the life and legacy of a minister in the local church with Pastor Nathan Clark.

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In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I get the privilege of sitting down with my associate pastor, Nathan Clark, to talk about the life and legacy of a minister in the local church. Nathan is driven by a steady faithfulness to the Word of God and desires nothing more (or less) than to uphold the grace and truth of God as it is seen and known in Jesus. In this conversation, we dive into what it means to be a minister in the local church, specifically in the local church in which you grew up. We also discuss the pivotal practice of a pastor to “preach to themselves” and internalize the message they are called to proclaim to others. There is, perhaps, no more significant understanding for the minister to come to than to humbly recognize that he himself is just as desperate for God’s mercy as those to whom he is commissioned to serve and shepherd. For the local pastor to rightly and faithfully pour himself into others for the sake of Christ, he must find himself sitting at the feet of Jesus.


Public Worship vs. Private Devotion,” Travis Agnew 

The Grace We Share,” Alex Early, 2018 Grace Encounter Conference 

The Preacher: His Life and Work, John Henry Jowett 

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul Tripp 

Pastoral Theology: A Treatise on the Office and Duties of the Christian Pastor, Patrick Fairbairn 

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


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Nathan is the associate pastor of Stonington Baptist Church in Paxinos, Pennsylvania, where he lives and serves with his wife and four children. He holds a Bible degree from Lancaster Bible College and has served his church as a pastoral staff member for 16 years, but has been ministering in his community for well beyond that. Nathan’s passion is for the evangelization and spiritual enrichment of Central Pennsylvania’s youth, and has spent his life proclaiming the gospel of Christ and expounding the upshots of the gospel to teenagers.


Ad music: “Coffee Stains” by Finley, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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