Prioritizing Pastoral Visitation

One of the simplest ways to gain the respect and admiration of any child of God is to visit with them in a time of need. Many Christians can recall a time when a visit from their pastor was the very event that helped them the most in the midst of crisis. Though pastors know this, it can be the hardest thing to consistently perform in ministry!

Even though pastors are stretched in their responsibilities, they must be sure to make quality visits. Not only quality visits, but also various types of visits. Balancing the priority between these can be wearisome. In spite of the frustration that can frequently arise with the visitation portion of ministry, without a doubt, it is the most rewarding experience a pastor can have.

Let’s face it, some visits are more important than others. We are not saying that people are unimportant or less significant, but we are advocating that pastors prioritize who they visit, when they visit and how long they visit certain people. Consider the following…

#1 Church Visitors – When folks visit your worship service, they need a visit! As soon as is humanly possible they need the pastor, and preferably another church member, returning the visit. Even if it is just a minute or two at the door where a gospel witness can be reiterated, this type of visit is essential.

#2 Unsaved People You Are Asked To Visit – Occasionally a pastor will be asked to visit a friend or relative of a church member who is lost. It is very important that the pastor make the visit as soon as he can. Much prayer should precede this, but no time should be wasted by deferring this matter very long.

#3 New Members Of The Community – This is often over looked in the ministry. Through various sources, a pastor can keep up with who has just moved into the community. New move-ins are prime territory for cults. It is best to beat them to the door!

#4 New Converts – These people are in great need of direction and personal care. Frequent visits may be necessary to help disciple the newly saved. The time spent here is never wasted!

#5 The Sick – When someone is ill or hospitalized, a pastor should be sure to make an appearance. These visits are longed for in many cases. People may forget your sermon title, but they will not forget it when you visited them in the hospital.

#6 Elderly And Shut-Ins – The senior saints must not be neglected nor forgotten. They need attention from the pastor. Set a routine and stick with it! These visits are a lot of fun! Enjoy your time with these people!

#7 Church Members – Visit people in your congregation as often as common sense deems appropriate. Don’t play favorites, but spend quality time. Pastors build relationships and this is only solidified with personal visitation!

Conclusion

Visitation is vital to a thriving ministry. No matter how many things are competing for your time, if you are too busy to visit, then you are way too busy! Build a better relationship with people by spending time with them!

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Witnessing Tip For Pastors – #2 | Overcoming Fear And Timidity

Though many soul-winners, pastors, missionaries and Christian workers seem as though they do not get scared and intimidated when they witness, we ALL get butterflies in our stomachs when we engage in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is no different than a soldier about to storm the beach with his platoon. He is going to be a little fearful. The important thing we have to remember is that we are involved in spiritual warfare. In view of this, we should not let fear be a detriment, but an Allie.

Listed below are some things to remember when you are out sharing the gospel in relation to the fear and intimidation you might face. We have coupled a thought with a verse of encouragement! THINK ABOUT EACH STATEMENT CAREFULLY!!!

#1 – Assuming you are truly saved, what is the worst thing that could happen?

(Romans 1:16Romans 1:16
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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  

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#2 – You are Christ’s Ambassador – You have all of the authority in the world to share the message of Jesus!

(2 Corinthians 5:202 Corinthians 5:20
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20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.  

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) “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”  (KJV)

#3 – The person you face may seem cruel and intimidating, but they DO expect you to tell them the truth and be real!

(Galatians 4:16Galatians 4:16
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16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?  

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) “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”  (KJV)

#4 – The person you are speaking with or approaching is really more scared and intimidated of you than you are of them!

(2 Timothy 1:72 Timothy 1:7
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7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

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) “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (KJV)

#5 – God’s Spirit will enable you to say and do what you need to do when soul-winning… regardless of what may strike fear in you!

(1 John 4:41 John 4:4
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4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  

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) “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”  (KJV)

Conclusion

One of the greatest things any child of God can do is to tell someone about Jesus Christ! Don’t let Satan dim your light by fear and intimidation! Everyone battles this issue so stay close to Jesus and keep on spreading the WORD!

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  • 50 Selections from his pulpit ministry
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Witnessing Tip For Pastors – #1 | The Power Of Prayer

Depending upon where you live on planet Earth, witnessing for Jesus Christ can range from relatively easy to risking death. I am still amazed why people get mad when you say that you are from such and such church and you want to share some things about Jesus Christ with them. Sometimes the animosity which surfaces can be very discouraging, but we must remember that people are held by the cords of their sins. One can expect spiritual opposition to appear when you share the gospel of Jesus Christ and it can take various forms. In spite of it all, witnessing for our Lord Jesus can be a rewarding and pleasant experience!

(Psalms 126:5-6Psalms 126:5-6
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5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. joy: or, singing 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. precious...: or, seed basket  

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The Power Of Prayer

(Ephesians 3:20Ephesians 3:20
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20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  

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One of the simplest things a soul winner can do to help him/her be a better witness is prayer. In fact, one should never leave their home to witness without much time given to meaningful prayer. Prayer made for wisdom, leadership on who to speak with, tact, whit, occasional humor, spiritual discernment, boldness, safety, and conviction are just a few of the things a committed soul winner will ask God for.
God the Holy Ghost, is the only person that can add weight to the testimony of one sharing the gospel. Thought often tried, this weight cannot be imitated by the flesh. The more one is in tune with God’s Spirit, the more effective one can be. This is only accomplished through praying. Again, it suffices to say that if you want to be a better witness, then you must put more time and effort into prayer before you leave your house.
By way of conclusion, an example is in order. While in rural Georgia a few years ago, I was canvasing an area for a local church. I prayed that God would use me before I left the church. After covering quite a bit of territory, I came across a man that did not know he needed a visit.
This fellow was a bit taken back by me showing up. He was somewhat argumentative, but knowledgeable of what I was there to do. Not long into our conversation I realized that I needed to become more bold and blunt. Normally this is not needed, but I felt the Holy Ghost leading me this way.
He was sharing his history with various denominations and types of churches when God gave me something to say. I said, “Sir, God thought enough of you to send me here and give you another chance to get saved!” My statement came on the heels of his remark that I should not waste my prayers on him. As he kept making excuses, I kept coming back to my statement each time. Along with my plea, I shared a few Bible verses.
The man did not accept Christ on that day, but several things were sown in his heart and I believe the Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to draw him in. By no means do I feel this man was offended by me and my God-given boldness. I really think he was impressed by my looking him in his eye and testifying for Jesus. God had his attention that day and if he is not yet saved, I feel that he probably will be in the future.

Simply put, prayer made the difference that day. If I had not been watchful in prayer before those visits, then I believe that I would have left that man’s house too early. I felt the Lord’s presence that afternoon! Remember to PRAYbefore you witness!

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Originally posted 2011-02-18 10:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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