Here’s To You Average Pastor

I like to write about the ministry here at Grace Presbyterian Church here in Grenada, Mississippi and my amazement of how God works to bring renewal and reform to places least expected.

Social media can be a very discouraging place for average pastors to spend much time. It seems like in so many places pastors are throwing out these provocative political and social grenades. Then the battle ensues between those with a lust for battle. But for most of us pastors, fighting political and social battles on Facebook does not drive our ministry.

It seems to me that the bond that holds all biblically faithful pastors together is the common call to serve our triune God together for His praise and glory. The bulk of that service is shepherding God’s people that He has placed in our care and being missionaries to the communities where we are planted.

I spend most of my time thinking about how I can lead this church here in Grenada, Mississippi to become more mature and equipped followers of Jesus Christ who worship and serve God in fellowship with one another in such a way that we bring the people of Grenada County into a life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ. Most of the time I am pleading with God to work in me to make me a faithful servant in this great task because I feel like I don’t have a clue. “Apart from me you can do nothing” rings over and over in my heart. I cry out over and over, “Jesus help me!”

Sometimes I wonder if it all is worth it. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 tells me not to grow weary in doing good. I hear that but at the same time its a struggle. I pour my heart and soul into ministry here. With great zeal I urge this congregation to be faithful to the Scriptures and to reach out to the community. I need to be reminded that we just plant and water but God causes growth. Sometimes that growth is much delayed. Success is being a faithful servant. Any harvest I am reaping now is not about me but about the God who causes growth.

Most of us are in this boat. We are not going to be invited to speak on the national stage. Frankly, nobody cares what we have to say. Nobody wants us to write a book. Nobody will subscribe to our sermon podcast. Our seminary isn’t going to invite us to teach a course or speak in the chapel. We aren’t the “beautiful people” of the Christian world. We are just the average faithful servants that comprise the vast majority pastors throughout the world.

Our society despises average, everyday faithfulness and promotes this idolatry of success that can stir up discontent within us. I believe the American Church is being corrupted with this idolatrous view of success that focuses on fame, power and money. This idol tries to crush faithful service. It’s in my heart to push back against this. It isn’t about us, it’s about God and His glory. So I tip my hat to all you who faithfully serve receiving little pay, no fame, and no prestigious role in our denomination and give God the glory for the things He has done through your ministry.

“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” Revelation 22:17

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