Pastors And PATIENCE!

Andrew ProfileIn my 38 years of living on planet Earth, I have learned that patience is a key to living a peaceful life. Frustration, anger, animosity, gossip, evil communication, malice, and outright hatred are just a few of the countless sins which can stem from not being patient. In my 22+ years of knowing Christ as my Savior I have found that patience is the one grace that everyone wants others to exercise with them, but rarely are willing to reciprocate to others. If there is one person who should exemplify patience… it is a PASTOR!

 What Is Patience?

The word “patience” is used in the King James Bible 34 times. There are two words translated patience. One means to be long spirited or long tempered and the other carries the idea of a cheerful endurance… literally “an abiding under”. Both words express the idea of being slow to wrath and that time is not a relevant issue. One who is hasty is not patient! Instant gratification is not compatible with patience.

The Beauty Of Patience…

Patience is a grace which matures Christian character and is a beauty to behold! As a lighted candle adorns an orate table for two in the corner of one’s favorite restaurant, so patience, when practiced, allows the love of God to shine that much brighter into someone’s life! Patience elevates one’s level of influence upon not only the one being interacted with, but also with onlookers and those who may hear about it.

Pastors MUST Exercise Patience…

(1 Timothy 6:111 Timothy 6:11
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11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  

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(2 Timothy 3:102 Timothy 3:10
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10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, fully...: or, been a diligent follower of  

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The Scriptures make it abundantly clear that a pastor, God’s man, must exercise patience. While it may not be one of the graces which, as they say, “comes natural”, but it must be something which is constantly worked on. Paul warned young Timothy about the need to follow after patience (1 Timothy 6:111 Timothy 6:11
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The Aroma Of Patience…

The rose emanates a most majestic fragrance when its pedals are crushed. A Christian’s life is often challenged and tried by fire. The spirit can be defeated at times by the burdens borne. It is when we are at our lowest that we can be the sweetest by exercising patience under trial!

(James 1:2-4James 1:2-4
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2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; temptation: or, trials 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  

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Conclusion…

A pastor’s ministry if often under fire from the critics and gainsayers. His own life is muddled with problems outside of his duties as shepherd. The degree of a pastor’s patience is often the determining factor in longevity of ministry! No pastor can escape this reality. How would you rate yourself concerning this grace?

Originally posted 2014-04-18 20:09:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastors MUST Train People For The Work Of The Ministry

Why is it so common to find someone who “used to be” doing something in a church ministry and now it has been years since they darkened the door of one? The answer might be more simple than you think. It is very likely that some of these “used to be’s”, not all of them, were simply not properly discipled and trained. When we, as leadership in the local assembly, do not properly instruct and train people, then we are setting many of them up for failure.

There are many facets of discussion on this topic, but this post seeks to focus, not on all of the different trails of thought, but on how we can possibly curb the “turnover rate” in our local assemblies. Of course, we are assuming that the individuals involved are truly SAVED and born again children of God. By doing this, we narrow the scope of this post.

(Ephesians 4:11-12Ephesians 4:11-12
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11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  

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There is no short cut. If you are going to be a leader, then you will train people. If a ministry is to perpetuate and not age out, then there must be people trained for the ministry.  A pastor MUST train faithful men and women for ministry in the local assembly!

4 Tips To Training Ministry Personnel

#1 – Recruit People Personally

Each job in a church has a specific function. Each task is a privilege and an honor to be a part of. Though some are not glamorous and considered mundane, they are, however, SPECIAL. No other person can convey this better than the pastor.

When a pastor recruits a person for a certain job it can be quite an experience. Many times, when someone gets discouraged, remembering that they are doing this for Christ and the pastor thought enough of them to perform the assignment will be enough to keep them going!

#2 – Train People Specifically

Though this sounds simple, it is often overlooked. Many churches are laborer starved. The 80/20 principle applies in most cases. You know… 80% do 20% of the work and 20% do 80% of the work! Sometimes it is tempting to take everyone you can get just so a position is filled. This can be disastrous to a ministry of any size.

The pastor and/or staff should teach the trainee what they want done. Demonstration and providing examples, can mean everything. An open door policy for future questions and concerns must be conveyed. No position should be exempted from specific training.

It is very important to provide a document with detailed expectations; including a “Job Description“. If this is given out, then there can be no excuses later for a job left undone. It might also be advisable to provide training classes in the following areas for potential candidates…

  • Deacons
  • Ushers
  • Altar Workers
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Youth Workers
  • Soul-Winners
  • Parking Lot Attendant
  • Church Secretary
  • Janitors
  • Bus Workers
  • Various Other Ministries

#3 – Motivate People Passionately

Nothing can be more discouraging and repulsive than for a pastor to “demand” and “expect” without motivation. We have all done this. Even though we may operate without a lot of “maintenance”, that does not mean that everyone is like us or should be like us. Some people need a constant word of encouragement. There is nothing wrong with a person like that.

Pastors should make sure that they motivate the people who help in the church with one on one compliments and instruction. Showing that you CARE about their little task, or big ones for that matter, can uplift and inspire one forward!

#4 – Inspect People Thoroughly

“Inspiration without education usually leads to frustration.”

Of the tips mentioned in this post, this last one is hardly ever performed by leadership. Usually there has to be an explosive problem before anyone is checked out after initial training. To train someone, leave them alone, and a month or so later come up with a complaint about what they have done is insulting. Why? The answer is that they are most likely doing what they have always done. The leader just never noticed! And we wonder why people get disgusted and quit serving in a church ministry?

Pastors should evaluate their staff and volunteers on a regular basis. Catching a potential problem before it IS a problem, and retraining is the responsibility of LEADERSHIP. We cannot be angry and disappointed with the causalities of ministry helpers when we, as leaders, do not do OUR job!

Conclusion

In summation, every pastor is responsible for the training of his people. Whether this is carried out by staff members or not, the pastor ISultimately accountable for what goes on. A pastor cannot just claim credit for the victories and positive things that happen in the church. He must also be equally eager to take the credit for the failures and disappointments which unfortunately happen from time to time.

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Pastor – A Voice Or An Echo

I was reading a tremendous book the other day, written by the late Keith E. Knauss (1928-1998), entitled, Heartbeats Of The Holy. This book was given to me several weeks ago, while at a meeting in Union, South Carolina, by Evangelist Joe Bryant. As I was devouring it’s contents, I stumbled across a thought that I wanted to pass along. Brother Knauss wrote about being a voice or an echo. Needless to say, I wanted to run and fall under a rock to hide myself!!!


The Charge…

The portion under consideration is found in chapter ten of the book. While speaking about John the Baptist’s effectiveness as God’s man, Brother Knauss states the following…

“ANY HILL CAN MAKE AN ECHO. ‘I am the voice of ONE,’ said John. Can you say that, preacher? Or must you, in all fidelity to truth say, ‘I am an echo.’ If a man is but an echo he is common-place, for echos multiply. But if he be a voice – men will stop, listen, and marvel.”

WOW! Brother Knauss states it very well, doesn’t he?

The Chiming…

“The woods are full of ‘em” says the men of yesteryear. Yes, there are numerous echos across our land today. They simply regurgitate what they have heard someone else say. That is all well and good for those who heard it first hand. They digested the Word from Heaven! Praise the Lord! However, they should rightly divide a fresh portion for their sheep, and not vomit up what they have previously eaten! The content may be the same, but it is fresh from Heaven. Every day but the Sabbath, the manna fell. Leftovers stank and were no good. Such can be said for echos!

The Challenge…

Pastor, let us decide, right now, that we will be HIS VOICE and not an empty echo! Far too many times we mount the pulpit and, if the truth be told, we are full of self. We are empty vessels chiming against one another. If we truly had the water of life to pass out, then there would be a different ring. The tone would be so heavy that our hearers would know God’s Spirit is near. As John of old, let us be a VOICEto our family, our congregation, and our community.

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Originally posted 2010-10-04 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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