Pastors spill countless words, but we all learn that once in a while God allows us to say one thing—one Big Thing—which turns the rudder of someone’s life. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. “(Prov. 15:11)
When I began pastoring, I assumed that the point of listening was to know what to fix. Now I realize that listening is one of those small, quiet ministries that make for effective shepherding.