Recommended: The current issue (October, 2014) of Leadership Journal (subscription required) has an interview with Lou Huesmann, senior pastor at Grace Brethren Long Beach. In it he talks about how his view of pastoral ministry has changed over the years, and especially about the importance of vocational ministry. A key quote, from near the end:
We cheer what a person is called to do outside the church. When someone starts a new business, or takes a risk, or tries something new, we’re going to be interested in what they are doing, and we’re going to celebrate it. I think this is why people are thriving here. They realize we love what they are doing.”
We need more of this.