Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dear Pastor

To ANYONE serving in PASTORAL MINISTRY today...Jesus was betrayed by Judas...but when the guards came to take Him...He asked for the release of His disciples. John 18:9 "He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”
  • The sheep belong to Jesus. Your heart may break when they fall away & get tangled up in the cares of this world...but remember...they belong to Him not you.
  • You can only lead people that are willing to be led.
  • You are not called to everyone.
  • Pour your energy into those who's hearts are teachable. You'll exhaust yourself & die an early death stressing over stubborn people.
  • Take as many with you as possible...on the journey. Provide for them teaching/guidance/Biblical truth...but leave the results up to God.
  • You're not called to defend the truth...just present the truth. The truth will defend itself.
  • Stay in your lane. Fulfill the vision God entrusted to you. Stay out of other people's business.
  • Remember...if someone comes to you bad mouthing their previous church/pastor, it won't be long till they're saying the same thing to someone else about you. (Even Jesus can't pastor some people...and their boatload of dysfunction.)
  • Never stop loving people. Stay in the Word & in Prayer. Preach what God tells you to say...not what's culturally crowd pleasing.
  • Walk in LOVE.
  • For every one JUDAS...God will give you ten JOHN'S!
  • Never pay someone to disrespect you when you can get that for free.
  • Remain in FAITH. God called you...He will take care of you.
  • Get out of the fishbowl of small mindedness & set your sails for the ocean of GRAND HORIZONS!
  • FORGIVE those who have hurt you. Sure, you'll never be able to tell all you know...but you don't have to. Lean on the side of mercy & God will bless you for it. You'll see. :)
Don't quit Pastors! Your best days are ahead of you!
Love you much!