“Oh, but you’re the pastor. That should be expected, that should be considered part of the job.”
Man, would I love to have a dollar for every time I have heard that one! I could retire and live off the interest.
SOME. PEOPLE. SURE. HAVE. THE. WRONG. IDEA. OF. IMPORTANCE. AND. MINISTRY.
I had lunch with someone recently and we were talking about just this thing. See, we are considering hiring him for a full-time Youth Pastor position. He would be ideal. He has been doing it as a volunteer up to close to 2 years now. I would love to have him come on board as staff and it is a real possibility since we now have the room and were able to renovate our space by paying cash. He was “fleshing out” some of his thoughts to me about how he sees his job/responsibility if we hire him and one of the things he said sparked our conversation. Long story short I made this observation:
“We are not wanting someone to take over everything and do everything so everyone is relieved of their ministry opportunities. We/I am more interested in “you” taking the reins by overseeing things and getting involved where you perceive a need. Many forget that Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us that the ministry is not left up to a select few, but rather the leaders are to equip the people to do the work. If we take over and do it all then we rob others of their ministry.”
The mentality I am afraid the American church especially has fostered is leave the ministry to the big boys. Tragically, at the same level, many leaders micro-manage and don’t leave things alone and allow people to do their ministry. “Here, let me do it and show you how it’s done.” So we take it from them and voila! We wonder where in the world the person went and then we lament that “I have to do it all by myself.” Works great for a pity party; lousy for getting people involved. Bob Goff touched on that with this quote:
I used to think I had to be somebody important to accomplish things, but now I know Jesus uses ordinary people more.
Holy straight-talk Batman! Does that mean that everyday Joe who cares and loves but may not be the brightest light bulb in the socket has a ministry. YOU BET YOUR LIFE IT DOES! And the sooner we all realize that (especially pastors/leaders) the bigger the impact will be made on our world. Got any thoughts you care to share? Have you ever been “relieved” of a ministry by a leader who thought you weren’t “doing it right”?
This is one post from my ongoing series on Love Does by Bob Goff.