Good morning and Welcome to Church! I missed being at Church last week. I heard that it was a wonderful day in so many ways. I am excited about the opportunities that the Lord is bringing before us as a congregation. If we will be prayerful and diligent to always speak words of kindness and encouragement to one another in the Church, then the Lord will guide us gently through each decision.
Last Sunday morning, I shared, via email, about an article that I had read Pby Thom Rainier, who is a prolific writer and president of Lifeway Christian Resources, which is an entity of our Southern Baptist Convention of Churches. The article was called “Ten Things Church Members Desire in a Pastor.” After talking with hundreds of people from over 60 different Churches, these were his findings. I want to be this kind of Pastor and I think these are observations that are beneficial for us to think and pray about as we grow.
- Love of congregation. “If we know that our pastor loves us, everything else falls in place. If he doesn’t, nothing else matters.”
- Effective preaching. “I don’t have any expectation that my preacher be one of the best in the world, I just want to know that he has spent time in the Word each week to teach us effectively and consistently.”
- Strong character. “No pastor is perfect, but I do want a pastor whose character is above reproach on moral, family, and financial issues.”
- Good work ethic. “I don’t want either a workaholic pastor or a lazy pastor. Unfortunately, our last two pastors have been obviously lazy.”
- Casts a vision. “Our church has so much possibility; I want to hear what we will do to make a difference in our community and the world.”
- Demonstrates healthy leadership. “Most of the pastors in my church have demonstrated a good balance; they have been strong leaders but not dictators.”
- Joyous. “Our current pastor is a man of joy. His joy and enthusiasm are contagious. I love him for that!”
- Does not yield to critics. “I know that every pastor serving today has his critics. And I know it’s tough to deal with them. I just want these pastors to know that we supporters are in the majority. Please don’t let the minority critics dictate how you lead and serve.”
- Transparent. “Every pastor that I have had has been open and transparent about the church and the direction we are headed. It sure has made our church healthier.”
- Models evangelism. “Our pastor is passionate about sharing the gospel. His heart and attitude are contagious.
All for Jesus,