Being a Pastor: What a Privilege!

Posted: February 8, 2011 in Ministry

The past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about what a privilege it is to be a pastor.  This began one day when I started thinking about what an honor it is to help develop people for Jesus.  My primary role as a pastor is to help people begin a relationship with Jesus and help them grow to live a Christ-centered life.  How cool is that?  I also get to walk with people through some of the best times of their life (weddings, new babies, etc.), and through some of the hardest times of their life (loss of a loved one, marriage struggles, etc.).  I have the opportunity to help people grow into leadership positions in the church, and to learn to use their giftings and passions to impact others for Jesus.  I have the opportunity to help lead others in ministry, to teach and preach the Word of God, and to share the Gospel, which is the only thing that changes a life!

I hope and pray that I never stop realizing my primary role is to develop people for Jesus, not develop programs!  In the midst of all of the busyness of ministry and life I must keep this at the forefront.  This is not always easy but it is necessary.  If you are in ministry and you are reading this, don’t ever neglect developing people for Jesus.  Don’t allow yourself to get so caught up in the details of ministry (emails, meetings, programs, planning, etc.) that you don’t focus on loving and leading people.  If you focus on developing people your ministry will grow and you will have a greater impact in the kingdom.  Oh… and don’t ever forget how privileged you are to serve as a pastor and to help people know and grow in a relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

 

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