Posts Tagged ‘success in ministry’

Get a Better Pastor!

October 22, 2009

Is it time for your church to get a better pastor? One that preaches with a little more inspiration?  One that is more sensitive to the needs of the congregation?  One that just seems regularly, to be filled with the Spirit of God?

You don’t have to fire your current pastor, to get a better one.

Pray for the one that you have now!!

If the congregation is regularly praying for their pastor, then God will hear those prayers and the anointing of God will be upon them and they will be better.

Of course, the same can be said to pastors of  their congregations.

The Lights Are On

September 30, 2009

The doors are open.

The lights are on.

The gospel is being preached.

This is the response that I sometimes give when I am at a gathering of ministers and am asked how things are going at the church.

I would love to be able to respond with all kinds of reports of miraculous growth, but, that isn’t the case.  Our church has shown little statistical change over the years.  We have been pretty steady with slight increases and decreases.   Some people come, some people stay,  some people go, the numbers remain about the same.

As a pastor, I sometimes feel as though my success or failure is determined by the numbers.  Certainly that impression is reinforced whenever I attend ministerial functions.  The speakers are always individuals whose ministries have shown dynamic growth.  Growth seems to be held up as the indication of success.  Therefore lack of growth, would seem to indicate failure.  Since my church does not show growth, it would seem that I am a failure as a pastor.

I do not accept that conclusion.

I do not believe that statistics tell the whole story.  I believe that God continues to work in us, and through us, as individuals and as a church.  Only God knows the full story of the impact that is made in the spiritual realm by the large number of small churches, like ours, in our country and around the world.

The doors are open.

The lights are on.

The gospel is being preached.