In John Wesley’s “An Address to the Clergy” in Wesley’s Works (1872 Jackson ed., vol 10), originally addressed or more likely written in London on February 6, 1756, Wesley addressed a group of clergy/ministers (or as we might say, “pastors/elders”) as to what type of men he and they ought to be as shepherds of God’s Church. The following is Wesley’s selected list of attributes (in direct quotes) that I trust you will find both interesting and challenging.
“To begin with gifts”
“With those that are from nature”
- “First, a good understanding, a clear apprehension, a sound judgment, and a capacity of reasoning with some closeness.”
- “Secondly. Is it not highly expedient that a guide of souls should have likewise some liveliness and readiness of thought?”
- “Thirdly. A good memory. . . .”