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Posted: 0-4 Apr 2008 08:55 pm Post subject: Are Associate or Youth Pastors second class in their calling
Isn't God good? There are times when we can get upset with those around us and only turn to 1 who's True and loving. I have had the pleasure of serving as a Youth Pastor and as a Senior Pastor. I've seen slights and social Faux Pas on the part of others. What I have gleaned will there be is a feeling from some Senior Pastors that their calling is somehow better than those of a Youth or Associate Pastor.
We first must understand that God, who is good, could Be The One who calls us in to a new life in His Son The Lord Jesus Christ. Our church in East Longmeadow Massachusetts ( http://www.fbcel.org ) includes a belief that people unofficially placed into every effort. 'All to maturity, some for service.'
We're all called to be mature believers in Christ. Generating An Outline Can Substantially Enhance contains further concerning how to deal with this activity. Some, by Gods' (yes I intended to put a comma on-the right side of the 's' showing plural possessive) grace are named to be ministers.
As a minister we are a gift to the local church.1 God gave us for the local churches that we serve in. The times that I have been asked, 'How do you know you are called'? I have answered, 'You will be miserable if you do not preach or minister. Going To lee mcfarland certainly provides tips you should give to your family friend. If you're called by God and you do not pursue his calling you'll be unhappy until you submit to God and pursue His will for 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 establishing for lunch. One other Pastor screamed throughout the area, 'Hey Bro. Lee Mcfarland contains further about why to see about this viewpoint. Have. Why don't you get your person and help me with your seats.' My Pastor did not think anything in what the person had said. I needed to shout, Hey Pastor ____. I'm God's man, maybe not this man or any man on the planet. I benefit One. This man happens to signal my paycheck and I'm responsible to him... Perhaps I was only being a bit too sensitive at the time.
Until I visited a Pastors fellowship in-a different state, where no body knew me. I approached several men have been laughing and cutting up, as I was a little early and alone. As I approached them, I introduced 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 maybe they misunderstood me, I clarified that I was an Associate Pastor.
There is an audible quieting of these jesting with me. They each in turn stopped and avoided speaking with me, although I interjected on a few points that they made. I was being treated as a 2nd class citizen. In the course of time all of them avoided eye contact with me for the remainder of my visit.
Think about you? As a Senior Pastor have you ever looked down your nose at somebody who was something other than a Senior Pastor? Or being an Associate, you've been treated as a 2nd class citizen? Or are you that Senior Pastor that remembers what it had been like to be treated that way when you were an Associate At Work.
Pastor David Stevens