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A Tale of Two Pastors

Of all the churches I’ve attended, two pastors stand out in my discussion of today’s topic.

At one church, the pastor ran into a problem. Besides his duties as pastor (preaching, teaching, counseling, ministering), he also wanted to to be directly involved in virtually all of the church’s programs and advisory boards and have them answer directly to him. (I believe he even tried to have a seat on every single committee). To many, including myself, he wanted total control. When the church did not give that to him, he resigned and took up a pastorship elsewhere. He has since resigned from that church and is now at yet another church.

At another church, I felt led of the Lord to use my love for perusing used books to ask the pastor if the church library needed any books that I could donate–should I find them–while looking around at yard sales and Goodwill stores. The pastor told me to talk to the library committee since they handled that.

This second pastor had his priorities right.

Pastoring isn’t just a full-time job–it is 24/7. One college friend and Facebook friend named John told me his Dad made himself available to be reached at any time by his congregation.

I am reminded of the story of Moses and Jethro in the Old Testament. Jethro (Moses’ father-in-law) in Exodus 18 told Moses he would burn himself out if he tried to handle all the matters before him regarding the Israelites. Put men in leadership to hear the cases and only hear the ones that they can’t solve, he told Moses.

Just as Moses did this and could focus on what needed to be done, I suspect a pastor needs to do that. Find godly, talented men and women in the church and place them in leadership over the church’s many ministries. If there is a problem, have them talk to you about it. If not, let them do their job so you can focus on–yep, you guessed it–preaching, teaching, counseling, ministering.

Richard Zowie wonders what real ministers think of this thought of his. Post comments here or e-mail them to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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