Dr. Sidney L. Leak III is a retired minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a friend of the Foundation. He recently shared with me his account of how Reformed theology helped him in his ministry.
I commend it to you.
How Reformed Theology Helped Me
I was ready to give up the pastoral ministry in 1988 when I heard Dr. John H. Leith speak at a church in the city where I was serving. After reading his book, The Reformed Imperative: What the Church Has to Say that No One Else Can Say, I understood the message that ministers should simply focus on the competencies of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.
From that point on, I was able to hold together a declining church in a changing urban neighborhood.I served my next congregation sixteen years until I retired where we experienced 33% growth and increased worship attendance 50%.
During such time, I applied these principles to ministry in the Army National Guard Chaplaincy which sustained me during mobilization for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and as a senior supervisory chaplain after 911.
In response and deep gratitude, I am proud to be a supporter of the Foundation for Reformed Theology which I see as providing the best possible foundation and hope for the church, its leadership, and its future.
Dr. Sidney L. Leak III
This is a wonderful statement of the value and importance of the mission and work of the Foundation.
Many others have been similarly helped by Reformed theology, by John Leith, and by the Foundation.
For suggested readings in Reformed theology, click here:Bibliographies
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And to learn more about John Leith's books, click here:Leith Bibliography
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Grace and Peace,
Dr. James C. Goodloe IV, Executive
Foundation for Reformed Theology
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