Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Being a Good Shepherd

“The Church does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren. Not in the former but in the latter is the lack. The Church will place its confidence only in the simple servant of the Word of Jesus Christ because it knows that then it will be guided, not according to human wisdom and human conceit, but by the Word of the Good Shepherd.

 

The question of trust, which is so closely related to that of authority, is determined by the faithfulness with which a man serves Jesus Christ, never by the extraordinary talents he possesses. Pastoral authority can be attained only by the servant of Jesus who seeks no power of his own, whom himself is a brother among brothers submitted to the authority of the Word.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

For more quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer see these posts:

Loyal to the End — A Quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Sin

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Waiting