“It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear…So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. Christians, especially ministers, so often think they must always contribute something when they are in the company of others, that this is the one service they have to render. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Learning to listen well, really listen is one of the greatest gifts given to us by our creator. Listening is more than asking questions, it’s leaning in, tuning in to what is in the heart of the other person. God is a listening God, and he calls us to listen as part of our gospel responsibility. What a privilege to discuss this all important topic with Pastor Darryl Handy.
ABOUT PASTOR DARRYL: Coming to faith in Jesus in 1990, Darryl sensed the calling to serve the people of God as a pastor in the late 90â€™s leading him to do his graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During that time his wife, Anne, and he welcomed two boys into their lives, Joshua and Caleb. After a few years working in the non-church world, Darryl served in a church-planter residency program where he trained to serve as a lead-pastor in a church plant context. Darryl served in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago for two years and then moved to NC to join the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). He currently serves as pastor for Mission Community Church in Dillsboro, NC and loves ministering for God and people. Having been broken in many ways, Darryl continues to learn that life and ministry are less about him and his experiences – good or bad – and more about the character and faithfulness of God.A Great resource on the subject of listening by LARRY CRABB