Posted: 04 Apr 2008 08:55 pm Post subject: Are Associate or Youth Pastors second course within their calling -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Isn't God good? There are occasions when we can get angry with those around us and only turn to 1 who's True and loving. Get further on a related web page by clicking lee mcfarland. I have had the pleasure of serving as a Senior Pastor and as a Youth Pastor. I've noticed slights and social Faux Pas on-the part of others. What I have learned will there be is a sense from some Senior Pastors that their calling is somehow better than those of the Youth or Associate Pastor. We first must realize that God, who is good, is The One who calls us into a new life-in His Son The Lord Jesus Christ. Our church in East Longmeadow Massachusetts ( http://www.fbcel.org ) includes a maxim that we unofficially placed into every work. 'All to maturity, some for service.' We are all called to become adult believers in Christ. Some, by Gods' (yes I meant to put a comma on the right side of the 's' showing plural possessive) grace are named to be ministers. As we're something special to the local church.1 God gave us to the local churches that we serve in a minister. The occasions that I've been asked, 'How can you know you're called'? I've answered, 'You will be unhappy if you do not preach or minister. If you are called by God and you do not pursue his calling you'll be unhappy till you submit to God and pursue His will to your work-in His vineyard.' Talking about work, one-day, while attending a Pastor's fellowship (I was a Youth Pastor at that time), a Senior Pastor from another church questioned my Senior Pastor for help with setting up for lunch. The other Pastor yelled throughout the space, 'Hey Bro. Agree. The trend is to get your man and help me with your seats.' My Pastor did not think such a thing in what the man had said. I desired to shout, Hey Pastor ____. I am God's man, maybe not this man or any man on the planet. I work for One. This man happens to sign my paycheck and I'm responsible to him... Perhaps I was just being too sensitive at that time. Until I went along to a Pastors fellowship in a different state, where nobody knew me. As I was a little early and alone, I approached several men have been laughing and cutting up. As I approached them, I presented myself as Pastor Stevens from Springfield, MA. They accepted me and presented themselves as Senior Pastors and all went around. When they asked me which church I Pastored, I answered that perhaps they misunderstood me, I clarified that I was an Associate Pastor. There was a clear quieting of the jesting with me. They each subsequently stopped and avoided talking with me, although I interjected on a few points that they made. To get alternative viewpoints, people should gander at: Writing Ain't for Everybody, But Article Writing Is! Events | Eventbrite. I used to be being treated as a second class citizen. Fundamentally they all avoided eye contact with me for the rest of my visit. What about you? Being a Senior Pastor have you ever looked down your nose at somebody who was anything other than a Senior Pastor? Or being an Associate, you have been treated as a second class citizen? Or are you that Senior Pastor that recalls what it had been like to be treated that way when you were an Associate At Work. Genuinely Pastor John Stevens http://www.churchbigdog.com. This rousing 7 Advertising and marketing Lessons We Can Learn From Television Infomercials - Musik site has many telling warnings for where to think over it.