Encouragement For Pastors Working Public Jobs

Pastor Andrew SchankA vast majority of pastors work public jobs as they lead their congregations. Many men of God used to work, but now are able to be free from the public sector and are fully devoted to their ministries. Whether you are gainfully employed in a public job, or not, it is important to view this issue the right way.

ATTENTION: To all pastors employed on main street… there is encouragement for you even though you cannot spend all your time on church street!

Take courage dear man of God and think about the following suggestions. May they serve to encourage you to keep on the firing line!

Encouragement For Pastors Working Public Jobs

#1 – More Than Likely, You Will Not Always Work A Public Job.

Years ago, when I pastored a church in North Carolina near where I grew up, a preacher friend said something that really encouraged me. He stated that I would not always have to work a public job and pastor a church at the same time. Furthermore, he made it clear that I should enjoy that job because one day I will wish I had it back. He was referencing the fact that a job can be a stress reliever. The point is, dear man of God, enjoy your job… while you have it.

#2 – Remember That You Public Job Is A Ministry In And Of Itself.

Often overlooked and under appreciated is the fact that a public job is a great ministry for a pastor to have. Not only is it a ministry, but you get paid to do it! While faithfully performing your duties at work, you will encounter people that normally would never give you the time of day. People who would normally never take time to get to know you will open up and be a friend.

Pastor, please do not discount the fact that you have the PRIVILEGE to have a working ministry in the public sector!

It is through these working relationships that many people are saved, and even called to preach. I know of several men in our area who worked a job with a preacher and received Christ as their Lord and Savior. Not only, did they get saved, but they have been in the ministry for many years now. Pastor, please do not discount the fact that you have the PRIVILEGE to have a working ministry in the public sector!

#3 – Working A Public Job Does Not Mean You Are Second Class.

Anyone who attends national meetings, where big named preachers speak on the subjects of church growth and ministry, often leave more discouraged than when they arrived. For some reason the keynote speakers, usually full time pastors, forget where many of them came from. Though all did not have to work a job alongside their pastoral duties, several did. If you are not careful with your thoughts, then you will leave these meetings feeling like you are second class for working a public job.

Pastoring IS full time whether you work a public job or not.

Pastor, do not think that you are beneath full time pastors for one moment! God knows right where you are at, and has not forgotten about you. Think about it… pastoring IS full time whether you work a public job or not. If the truth be known, then you are probably making more of an eternal impact than many of the pulpiteers who grace the national conference circuits.

#4 – God Will Make Up The Difference.

The major point of contention for me in this issue is the element of productivity. I have always felt that I never had enough time for my family, work and church ministry. Though I felt this way, God always made up for where I lacked. If we are faithful doing what we CAN do, then God will be faithful to do what we CANNOT do! Pastor, just keep your eyes on the prize!

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Pastor, Please Convey Something That You Helps You Keep Going In The Pastorate While Working A Public Job!

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Originally posted 2010-09-07 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastor, Are You Too Busy?

Have you ever felt like your day could be described as being like a grain of sand in a whirlwind? Do you feel like you are always involved in work, but nothing seems to be accomplished? Can you find time for everything, but prayer and devotion time with your Lord Jesus? If any of these questions could be ascribed to you, then, odds are, you are way too busy!


A Personal Experience

Not long after I turned sixteen years old, I had the honor of working with an aging mechanic named Mr. Grubbs. Looking back over the numerous years that I worked with him in his shop, I have been blessed by the many life lessons learned while working atop those wooden, oil stained floors. Of the many things I observed about Mr. Grubbs, one was that he did not get in a hurry because he wanted EVERY vehicle to be fixed the FIRST time. No Comebacks! In order to accomplish the “NO COMEBACK” rule, he had to take his time and not get TOO busy! Of course, we did have some vehicles returned to be repaired again, but not as many as other shops. Much gratification was drawn from this statistic!

A Biblical Example

Since beginning in the ministry a few years after my initial days working in that shop, I have noticed the virtue in being careful in not getting too busy. As you might surmise, it is easier said than done. At any rate, every pastor should be careful about being TOO busy to focus on the main things!

(Luke 10:38-42Luke 10:38-42
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.  

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) “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  (KJV)

A classic Bible passage on this subject is found in Luke chapter ten. Jesus comes to Mary and Martha’s house. While there, Mary is more concerned about Jesus and what He was saying than what Martha was doing. When a pastor gets too busy, he can usually find himself more worried about what he is doing and getting done than what Jesus is saying. Jesus never denounced the fact that the work had to be done, he just admonished Martha about her way of accomplishing it.

Conclusion

Only you can answer the question, “Am I TOO Busy?” We certainly need to get our work done each and every day. Prioritizing the tasks at hand and delegating responsibility can help if we employ their use. The one thing I would stress in view of this post is that we should make sure that our private time with our Lord is adequate and of great quality. This is primary every day! After that, we should do what ONLYwe can do and try to encourage others to help carry out the rest. Rome was not built in a day and neither will a great ministry!

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Originally posted 2011-03-01 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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