Purchase Area Baptist Association
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Annual Meeting 2019

Purchase Area Baptist Association

Association Mission Strategist Report
October 17, 2019, Annual Meeting

First Missionary Baptist Church

 

Pastor and Staff Appreciation During the Month of October 

1 Tim 5:17“The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.” 

1 Thess 5:12-13 - “But we request of you brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor, among you, and charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem (honor/appreciate) them highly in love because of their work.” 

I was reading an article in the Baptist Press the other day by Dr. Jeff Iorg, President of Gateway Seminary of the SBC. 

I would like to share some comments from his article titled: PASTORS: What causes a man to take a job like this.” 

I left the USAF IN 1990 to pursue a call to ministry that would lead to seminary and many years of joy and tears as a staff member and Pastor but there was always one thing that kept me going and it’s the call of God on my life! 

“Pastors are vital kingdom leaders.  Healthy churches are built on their effective leadership.  Without healthy churches, ministry suffers. 

Being a pastor, depending on the day …is either the best job in the world or the worst. 

As pastors. You regularly experience God’s Power accomplishing, Salvation, Restoring Families, Empowered Preaching, and Healing of Broken Lives. 

Pastors also see people at their worst, including Christians who sometimes take their anger, fears, and bitterness out on their pastors and staff! 

Yet, pastors keep coming back for more! 

Most pastors cannot imagine themselves doing anything else.  They serve selfishly, motivated by an inner compulsion to preach and lead. 

BUT WHY? 

There is only one reason:  A profound sense of God’s Call to ministry. 

CHURCH, Make a special effort to show your love and appreciation for your pastor and staff not only this month but throughout the year.  “Esteem (respect/honor) them very highly in love because of their work. God will be honored as we love one-another and serve Him in Jesus’s Name. 

Dennis Manley, AMS

 

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