Pastor, What Does The Ministry Mean To You

Do you remember that first day on your new job? You know what I mean. The great and fuzzy feeling about the new employer and the fact that you actually liked what you were doing! Do you also remember how it was, a month later, when the newness wore off? I guess we have all felt that way before about some job we have had in the past. The ministry, however, should never be seen this way. The honeymoon period of taking a new church does come to an end, but that should not deter you one iota! After all, we are in the King’s business!


It Is A Privilege

(1 Timothy 1:121 Timothy 1:12
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12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  

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The ministry, as we term it, usually refers to serving in a full time capacity. Whether you are a traveling Evangelist or a Missionary and Pastor, the ministry is something special. However you define it, every child of God realizes that it is a gift from God! He could have chosen other people to do what we are doing, but He chose us. What a privilege!

It Is A Divine Appointment

(1 Corinthians 9:161 Corinthians 9:16
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16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!  

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) “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”  (KJV)

You never see the Apostle Paul referring to his apostleship as some job that he could take or leave. It was a necessity and a mandate! When one has this high and exalted view of ministry, then you tend to be more serious about the job which lay before you.

It Is An Opportunity

(2 Corinthians 4:12 Corinthians 4:1
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4 1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;  

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) “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”  (KJV)

The ministry is an opportunity to serve like none other. With all of Heaven behind you and every soul you meet a prospect, what other business could one be in with such a vast opportunity to pursue? God has mercifully given each servant of Christ a part to play and a task to accomplish! There is no reason to quit with such an opportunity like the ministry!

It Is A Calling You Cannot Shirk

(Romans 11:29Romans 11:29
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29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.  

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God puts the desire in your heart for the ministry and it lays there in such a way that you cannot dabble in it. You must be all in or not at all! The ministry is not just a second chance or a last resort. It is not some venture that is pursued because there is nothing else to do! God calls a man and puts him into the ministry! Praise the Lord for this!

Conclusion

The ministry is all of the above and much more! Nehemiah summed it up best when he refused to come off of the wall because he was doing “a great work”. Oh, how we need more with this lofted view of the ministry! Laying one block at a time till the job is complete!

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By A.W. Tozer / Wingspread Publishers

In this two volume set you receive 128 compelling and authoritative teachings by one of America’s most beloved preacher A.W. Tozer. Tozer’s sharp and incisive style may startle some readers, but what is to be gained from his wisdom and exposition of Scripture is immeasurable. Tozer Speaks includes well over one hundred sermons including:

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One Of A Pastor’s Greatest Needs

Pastor Andrew SchankBy Biblical definition a pastor is a leader. He is to lead others in the ways of God and in the will of God; even during the worst of times. Any man, who has ever been in a pastoral position, knows that this responsibility is a great weight and burden to carry. In view of this fact we can surmise that one of a pastor’s greatest needs is for God to LEAD him each day. It is so comforting to know that the pastor does not have to carry out ministry alone. God’s Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide each step of the way.

In this post we want to demonstrate four reasons a pastor needs to be led as a leader. We find these four reasons in the Old Testament book of Psalms. Consider the following…

#1 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of The Enemy

(Psalms 5:8Psalms 5:8
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8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. mine...: Heb. those which observe me  

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(Psalms 27:11Psalms 27:11
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11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. a plain...: Heb. a way of plainness mine...: Heb. those which observe me  

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) “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”  (KJV)

The pastor faces spiritual opposition every day. The level is usually much greater in scope than the average pew warmer faces. Though pastors do not look for sympathy, they still need God to lead them because of this formidable foe. The enemy may put up a good fight, but God is able to direct the pastor through every battle.

#2 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Testimony

(Psalms 25:5Psalms 25:5
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5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  

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) “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 139:23-24Psalms 139:23-24
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23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. wicked...: Heb. way of pain, or, grief  

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) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 143:10Psalms 143:10
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10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  

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) “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”  (KJV)

With so much temptation out there, every man of God needs direction to stay in the right pathway. Pastors should seek God’s face daily for leadership to stay close to the Lord. Testimonies are strengthened every moment, but can be destroyed in an instant.

#3 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Discouragement

(Psalms 61:1-2Psalms 61:1-2
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61 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David. 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  

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) “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  (KJV)

While pastoring a church you have your good days and bad days. Sometimes discouragement can set in and beat you to death. It is in times like these that a pastor must seek God’s face for help and leadership! It will be the ONLY thing that will get him through the valley of dismay!

#4 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Direction

(Psalms 31:3Psalms 31:3
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3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.  

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) “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 43:3Psalms 43:3
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3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.  

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) “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”  (KJV)

Pastors need clear leadership when making decisions and guiding the flock which they oversee. It is certain that God wants to direct and lead the pastor and for sure the pastor wants to be led. The only issue is maintaining a brokenness for this Heavenly leading.

Conclusion

It is a difficult thing to be a leader with no clear sense of direction yourself. Leaders need to be led! For pastors and spiritual leaders it is essential to be led by God and not self, Satan or the world’s sensuality. May each soul, who reads this post, get up from their computer chair with more of a hunger to be led by God!

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Pastor, Who Controls The Church?

Pastor Andrew SchankThe local church is the visible, practical manifestation or representation of the Body of Christ on earth. With that stated, it is a serious matter to contemplate and to speak about. We find in the blessed pages of the New Testament Scripture how the church should be functioning so as to efficiently carry out the Great Commission. One of the most fundamental questions that we have in regard to this gleaning is WHO CONTROLS THE CHURCH? Pondering this question is crucial to a healthy congregation. We have to put feelings aside, previous experience on the shelf, and chatter from friends and colleagues behind us if we are to truly grasp this principle.

Christ Is HEAD!

Upon serious examination of the epistle to the saints at Ephesus, for example, we clearly discern that Jesus Christ is the head of the CHURCH! (Ephesians 1: 20-23Ephesians 1: 20-23
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20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.  

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& Ephesians 5:23-24Ephesians 5:23-24
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23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  

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)  To misconstrue this axiom is to monkey around with the decrees of God! Almighty God has made it clear that His Only-Begotten Son is the head of His church. No two legged, depraved human being, regenerated or not, has any business setting himself up as Potentate of the local assembly of baptized believers.

God Empowers Men!

God The Holy Spirit empowers saved men to function in two capacities to help lead the local New Testament Church. These two offices are Pastor And Deacon. The pastor is referred two in three different terms: Bishop – meaning overseer; Elder – meaning a spiritually mature man; Pastor – meaning a shepherd. When you couple these terms together you get a spiritually mature overseer who feeds and nurtures God’s sheep as Christ, who is the Chief Shepherd, would so direct him. Deacons, who are servants of the church, come alongside the pastor to help him carry out the performance of the tasks that Christ would have him to accomplish. (Refer to 1 Timothy chapter 3, Titus chapter 1 and 1 Peter chapter 5 for more info)

Harmony Can Be Achieved!

God has ordained a balance of powers in His church which are subordinate to Christ as HEAD. They are: the pastor; the deacon(s); the congregation. This trio can work in harmony so long as they each respect Christ as HEAD and each other in their respective capacities. On this note it behooves us to consider Paul Jackson’s thoughts on this issue…

THE DIVINE DESIGN

It is evident, therefore, that the Lord has designed the church with internal, interlocking powers and responsibilities. The church is to be subject to the pastor. Yet the pastor is subject to the church, in another sense, for he is called by them and may be disciplined by them.

There is no problem here except for those who will not be subject to the Head of the church. It is not difficult for a Bible-taught church to be subject to the overseer or pastor that God has sent. Neither is it difficult for a faithful pastor to be sensitive to the will of God’s people. What a lovely and delightful relationship exists between pastor, deacon, and people when all are subject to Christ the Head.

It is vital that this happy relationship should always be evident in each church. When there is jealousy, bitterness, self-seeking and strife, the testimony of the Lord suffers, saints and sinners are caused to stumble, and the church loses its power to be  a blessing because the Holy Spirit is grieved. Pastor and people must both recognize that the honor of the Lord and the welfare of His church must take precedence over personal differences. Let s suffer wrong. Let us “lose face.” But the Lord must not be dishonored, His church be divided, or sinners be offended.

- from page 43 of The Doctrine and Administration of the Church by Paul R. Jackson (ISBN: 0-87227-013-0)

Conclusion

It is unfortunate that many pastors and congregations have not been taught right concerning this matter. When direction is sought in connection with coming to a decision on a particular issue, Christ’s Will is what matters. It is ALL about Him anyway, isn’t it? Let us seek to “find out which way God is going and go with HIM!”

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Charles Colson called it “the best book on Christian leadership I’ve read.” Discover why this timeless classic continues to equip tomorrow’s ministers—and challenges today’s shepherds—toward greater effectiveness! Revised and updated, Sanders’s hard-hitting study explores the essential qualities of a godly leader—and offers sterling examples from Scripture and Christian history. Includes study guide.In these pages, J. Oswald Sanders presents the key principles of leadership in both the temporal and spiritual realms, illustrating his points with examples from Scriptures and the biographies of emenent men of God.

Originally posted 2011-12-03 18:55:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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