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Ministering to the Minister

About a month ago, we came across a graphic that was so powerful we shared it on our Facebook page and in turn, as of this writing it has 583 shares.  Evidently there something about Ministering to the Minister that struck a nerve.

Without a doubt, this graphic was one that many leaders as well as laity identified with and wanted to get the message out about the need to “minister to the ministers.”

1 Peter 5:2 (NKJV)2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

While we are not the originators of the graphic, we were able to find the source of the picture as far as we know, and it is here.

The story is presented in a way to reflect well on animals, and while there is nothing wrong with that, those in ministry know it speaks of a far deeper meaning.

While the dog being comforted is not the “shepherd” of the flock, in reality, the dog does represent the shepherd who is working hard to protect and minister to the flock. I’ve even heard that the dogs watching over a flock could also be representative of deacons or elders who are doing their best in partnership with the shepherd to protect the flock.

As we know, illustrations such as this can only go so far. Within this one picture, far more than a thousand words are spoken to those who are in ministry leadership today.

Also, we realize not ALL of those entrusted with the care of the flock is in it for the right reasons and at times can be out of order themselves. For the most part, though, I have found in my experience in ministry that the vast majority of Pastors and Church Leaders have a great desire to help and protect the flock God has placed in their care.

Here are a few thoughts, and please know that I write as a Pastor with over 35 years of ministry experience, serving as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and for many years now, as a Senior Pastor. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!

As I watched the Funeral of Billy Graham I was filled with sincere and heartfelt thanksgiving for all God accomplished through the life of this giant of the Faith, but I wanted to take a few moments to provide some “Pastor Encouragement” while you celebrate the life of this Godly man and again enter the pulpit this Sunday.

I heard the many reminders throughout the week as television news commentators reminded us of the facts that he had personally ministered to 12 Presidents in his lifetime, as well as the Queen of England. He is also only one of 4 non-politicians to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.

He had ministered the Gospel message in 185 countries of the world and an estimated 78 million people heard the Gospel, with many of those millions giving their lives to Christ. Many of those millions who gave their hearts to Christ have also been instrumental in souls coming to Christ through their witness! Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!

One of the issues a church will wrestle with (in a Christian kind of way hopefully), is whether it’s a good idea or not to allow members to serve on the church board.   Regardless of what you may call this group, whether it be elders, deacons, or board members, the challenge is still very real in that the desire is to have the most capable, qualified and spirit-led leaders as possible serving.

Below are a few of the issues to consider as your church possibly decides if this is a practice to be avoided or embraced.

  • Update Constitution and Bylaws

Of course, as a church, you will want to make sure you have an updated Constitution and Bylaws in place.  This goes far beyond the requirements of the State and Federal Government as a 501c3 organization that provides giving reports for your donors.  You will find it of great value to take a look at your Constitution and Bylaws on at least an annual basis with a Revisions Committee for any recommended changes.  We meet at the end of each year.  When you meet on a regular basis, it won’t ever be portrayed that “they met just to put in changes to deal with a situation”.  The steps we take are:

1. Meet as a Committee to give recommendations to the Board.

2. Meet as a Board to act upon those recommendations to decide if it should proceed to the Congregation.

3. Meet as a Congregation to decide on the recommendations of the Committee and Board.  It takes a 2/3 vote to change the C&B. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!

As Pastors, we’ve all been there at one time or another. There’s that one person who has asked over and over again to be part of a ministry that we know would be a bad idea. However, their persistence has turned into insistence and word is starting to filter out into the congregation about the situation. While you know the “back story” of why you would rather they don’t serve in that particular ministry, others have not been filled in, and of course, you’re not going to do that either.

Let’s face it… there are ministry opportunities that exist within the church that you have been attempting to fill for a long time, but it seems that to find a person passionate about a particular ministry, who is also gifted to serve can seem like an impossible task.

So we relent and give them what they’ve been asking for, or more to the point… demanding.

Here are 3 reasons why that’s a bad idea, AND you should leave ministry positions unfilled until you are sure you have the passionate person serving in the proper ministry. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!

 

THE 5 REASONS PASTORS DO NOT LEAD THEIR CHURCHES

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I know this sounds like an upside down topic but bear with me. Many senior pastors all over the country have the title of Senior Pastor/Leader but many do not have the authority to truly lead the churches they serve. The consequences of this lack of leadership at the local church level are too devastating to ignore.

Many churches are run by outstanding pastor/leaders. Too many, however, forfeit leadership either because of the pastor’s own propensity to not lead or the church’s propensity to usurp leadership from them. Whichever the case, the church suffers.

Here are the five (5) reasons senior pastors don’t lead their churches.

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WANT TO MAKE YOUR PASTOR’S DAY? (GREAT FOR PASTORS APPRECIATION)

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Here are nine quick ways to show your appreciation throughout the entire year… not just Pastors Appreciation Day!

1.  Write a note telling the pastor how good a particular sermon was.

2.  Invite others to church.  Nothing says, “The pastor is doing a great job” louder than asking your friends and business acquaintances to visit.  Be sure to introduce them to the pastor after the service.

3. Pray for your pastor and his family daily.  Take a few minutes to pray with your pastor whenever he is available during the week.  Stop by the church office early enough on Sunday morning to pray briefly before the service.  Or make arrangements to come to the pastor’s house and pray for his entire family.  Make your visit brief. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view and/or copy full text!

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How Do You Honor a Faithful Pastor?

How do you honor a faithful pastor?

(full disclosure…I am a Lead Pastor of a wonderful local church which blesses me and my wife abundantly, so this will not be posted on our church sites.)

SHOW UP!
You can’t do anything greater for a Pastor’s vision than be one of those he or she can count on, rain or shine, to be there. Not just Sunday mornings when the crowd is there, but special events and occasions are where your attendance can make the difference!

PRAY UP!
Do you pray for your pastor and spouse daily and do they know that you do?
Are they on your prayer list, that GOD will endow them with wisdom, discernment and spiritual authority?

CHEER UP!
Put a smile on your face when you see him, and put a smile on his face by your encouraging words! He may not be the eloquent communicator that your favorite MEGA-TV-Star celebrity preacher is, but he may not have a creative team and research staff to assist him. He may preach more than once a week, and if he seemed especially weak this Sunday morning, there may be a reason. Your pastor may not have a huge support staff to send out to a crisis, so it was his presence that was needed with the drug-over-dosed deacon’s kid and her family at the hospital from 2am to 6am on Sunday. But you will never hear about that. That’s the kind of leader your Pastor is. He will be there for you in your crisis, too. And he will keep your secrets.

PAY UP
Most pastors would love a little extra just to take their kids for a hamburger now and then. That is because most pastors lead very small churches and do not make the salaries of the MEGA preachers. If you are blessed, pass it on. Honor to whom honor is due, that is Bible!

Pastor Myles Holmes
Lead Pastor – REVIVE
Collinsville, Illinois

 PASTORAL CARE – MORE THAN JUST HELP FOR THE HURTING

Pastoral care is more than simply help for the hurting. It is much more a holistic way of applying the discipleship process. And, indeed, pastoral care is globally the pastoral method integrating diverse aspects of prayerful action through fellowship within the activities of the life of a church. The church, from an interactional viewpoint, might exist to serve the community, but the pastor exists to “to shepherd… to take on the role of guiding, watching over, and protecting the entire flock.”

The church, as a community espousing community for the healing of the individual and the whole, understands that fellowship will deliver more than just help for the hurting. It develops something richer. Similarly, the pastor starts from where people are at. But, like Christ, the pastor is not content to leave them there. The pastor wants to take a person on toward Christ, and to that actual destination – the acquisition of the Holy Spirit through transformation of soul.

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