6 thoughts on “THE ROLE OF THE PASTOR

  • August 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm
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    Hard hitting stuff. I’ve attended a number of churches and sadly, several have pastors that “pull an old message out of the file drawer.” It didn’t seem to make any difference whether they were mainline traditional churches or evangelical churches, ironically. I know some new (and my own over 65) pastors, however, that ‘get it’ and perhaps don’t use the spiritual formation language, but have an ongoing relationship shaped by the disciplines…their churches are alive (!)

  • August 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm
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    Randy:

    Absolutely there are pastors that are truly getting it more and more everyday. Praise be to God!

    Obviously this post is a Matthew 9:12 deal. As well as Revelation 2:29,3:6,13,22.

    georgea

  • August 12, 2010 at 10:28 am
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    I have viewed this video multiple times now and feel led to respond with a few comments and a challenge. I know in today’s environment our society has accepted “tolerance” and “political correctness” just to prevent the fear of hurting someone’s feelings. George, your message hits the nail on the head for pastors and for all of us you claim to be followers of Christ. There is a responsibility for us as stated in your video. We need to encourage our spiritual leaders to offer a “fresh” word to their followers and not just a “re-run” to fill the allotted time for a message. Here’s my challenge; Consider forwarding a link of this video to pastors you know. Include a note of encouragement and a commitment to pray for them as they view and consider the message presented. Don’t settle for “political correctness” or the comforts of the status quo, rather abide in the spiritual disciplines and share what God lays on your heart. Your response will make an eternal difference!

    Ron

  • August 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm
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    Interesting title “the ROLE of the Pastor. I’m having an extremely difficult time coming to grips with this “title” and the use of the word ROLE. We do want our pastor to “know” more about scripture than we do. Especially, in the “western world”, our pastors and priests are “trained’ and “schooled” in their “role” to become a pastor. Often, this means a formal “education” steeped in theology. A seminary degree is often required. But do we really want them to fulfill the function of a “ROLE?

    There is obviously a very human tendency built into the present church system in the west. It is for the Pastor to major in “teaching” what the bible says with little else. All to often, the Church service comes across as a class room experience with a grade to be received at the end of each sermon from the teacher. Get the outline answers right from the three point lesson from the pulpit and receive an A. Lets be honest. The average church attender prefers to go to church with a low commitment level and does not want to “feel” guilty or to hear the word sin too often. Spiritual transformation is treated like a foreign language. Today, many pastors accommodate this unchristian expectation so prevalent in western culture.

    The best model for a church leader is Jesus Christ himself. Jesus “modeled” spiritual formation” to his disciples. Because of His life they were spiritually transformed! The pastor’s role is simply to model a radically transformed spiritual life led by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis in this world. What we are really desperately in need of is the effective pastor who demonstrates to his congregation and to the world a true authentic love affair with Christ. Demonstrating a spiritually transformed and holy life to everyone will go beyond mere role playing as the spiritual answer man of biblical knowledge into life changing dynamic Spirit led church services.

    Terry

  • February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm
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    George,
    Thanks for the link and the video. I agree brother. My heart is grieved when I hear of pastors just “pulling something from the files”. It is a horror. We can’t be men of God on last year’s (or last decade’s) experience with Christ. If the well is not being replenished daily with a leaning hard into the the Spirit’s power and direction and fresh insights into His word, our ministries and equipping of the saints will be dull and powerless. God save us from “professional pastors” going through the motions of spiritual exercise with no flowing water from the Spirit of Christ.

  • February 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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    Thanks Marty! Good hearing from you. Love your post as well.

    Abide,

    George

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