We had a good laugh yesterday online.
The fiancee of our youth pastor led worship during the morning service... he joked on social media that a pretty young lady on stage distracted him; he had to worship with his eyes closed! The purpose behind it however, is pretty awesome.
Our previous youth pastor took a senior position out of state this past summer. And over the weekend, our worship pastor took the weekend to invest in that churches worship team.
I always find it an incredible opportunity when pastors are able to invest in the ministries of other churches and other pastors. It truly is a great dynamic. For encouragement. For learning. For support. Plus, the added benefit that pastors are needed and valued beyond just the four walls of their own church and the people to whom they minister.
However, it remain, as always, a difficult balance.
Finding the time in and of itself, to invest in other pastors and ministries can be challenging.
Furthermore, there are, at times, legitimate distractions. Sadly, they do come in all forms and a variety of people.
For the enemy would love nothing more than to hinder and prevent pastors from making investments in other ministries by distracting them from their own. It doesn't take much... and it often starts innocently enough, where it might be manageable. But given the time, like anything else, and it could lead to trouble... disastrous trouble.
Thus, we pray, this #seniorPastorMonday, for pastors who are struggling in their schedules. For those that are distracted, whether legitimately or innocently, pray God would strengthen them and redirect their focus... on Him, and their ministries and families. May they not be overwhelmed by pressure and frustration, but rely on the power and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit as they move forward in what they have been called to pursue. Pray also, for opportunities to invest into other ministries; that they may share their wealth and insight into other pastors and staff. May there by a unity of purpose... a synergy, as Pastor calls it; that the work of the kingdom might advance to even greater impacts.
Focused on purpose.
Ready to invest.
For the glory of God.
For the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.