John the Baptizer had no credentials, and yet people flocked to hear him speak.
He had no formal training, and yet people hung on his every word.
He had no authority from a sanctioning body, and yet he spoke with such power.
This perplexed the religious leadership. After all, they had credentials, training, and authority. So they came to John asking, “Who are you? What do you have to say about yourself?” (John 1:21-22).
If God has called you to the pastorate, He will equip you.
There’s nothing wrong with credentials, training, or sanctioning, per se. But when you think your call to preach has authority because of your title, your training, or your denominational appointment, you have missed the point! John had none of these, and yet Jesus said, “There’s never been a greater prophetic voice!”
So, pastor, who are you?
Are you the one who is credentialed, or trained, or sanctioned?
Or are you the one who has been called and equipped by God?
There’s a huge difference!
Who are you? I hope you can answer, “I am only a servant of the Most High, equipped by the Holy Spirit to make Jesus known in my city.”
UPDATE: I use John the Baptist as a prominent example in my book Shepherd Leadership: The Metrics That Really Matter.