Jump directly to the Content

Pastoring the Powerful

With people who are over you, point even higher. A Leadership interview with Lloyd John Ogilvie.
Pastoring the Powerful

One shift in the last thirty years is a heightened expectation that a pastor is to be a leader, perhaps the leader of the congregation. "Chaplain," to some, implies a spiritual caretaker who is not a leader.

Yet many pastors recognize they minister in places where they do not command the highest position. Who better to speak to issues of pastoring the powerful than Lloyd Ogilvie, 70, who since 1995 has served as chaplain of the United States Senate. Prior to that he pastored First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, California, for 23 years.

Can you lead spiritually even when you are not the leader of the organization?

Leadership is involved in enabling leaders to function as creatively and as effectively as they can. My role is to help those in the Senate accomplish their work. Several things are important here.

First, the objective Word, the Scripture, is crucial. One of the first things I did here was to establish Bible studies. Presently, I'm teaching five of them: one for ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

From 'Sit Back and Watch' to 'Get Up and Go'
From 'Sit Back and Watch' to 'Get Up and Go'
Want to reach the next generation? Empower them to participate by using their gifts.
From the Magazine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
My Body Is a Temple, Not a Fighting Machine
Why I left a promising boxing career behind after coming to Christ.
Editor's Pick
Ten Percent Won’t Work for Everyone
Ten Percent Won’t Work for Everyone
The New Testament suggests that different Christians should give different portions of their income to the Lord.