These prayers are increasing in number, so it's entirely possible we're covering certain aspects of life more than once now; I think there's been a time or two in similar situations, but I as pondered today's focus, in light of yesterday's prayer, I got to thinking again about Associate Pastors and those left to handle the affairs of the church during these times of transition. For what pastors face as my friends prepare to depart to the mission field; for those who have gone through the transition of my friends returning to the pastorate after a stint in missions; Associates have a huge responsibility during these times.
Such times are challenging. They are difficult. They are stressful, uncertain and exhausting.
Likewise, installations of new pastors are also challenging. Exciting, yes... but also stressful, uncertain and exhausting.
Something about these situations also seem more difficult than similar circumstances on the secular/corporate side of the equation. Job changes happen and companies and teams go through the same process; of finding someone new, who fits with the team and culture. And it's exciting, nerve-racking process for the one making the transition; the prospect of what's new, what's next, what awaits.
In light of eternity, such transitions also seem to possess such a greater depth of meaning and purpose. Purpose it's the calling of God is paramount to the matter; perhaps it's lives that hang in the balance as we are spiritually led by pastors and church leaders... it's not that these elements don't exist in the marketplace, for surely they do exist.
The difference is, the elements influence our decision in the marketplace.
In ministry, the elements are central to the decision.
Pray this #associatePastorTuesday for these times of transition. Pray for pastors in the decision process of filling an open pastorate position, senior or otherwise. May God grant wisdom and discernment in bring the right candidate into the picture and placing them exactly where God desires them to serve the kingdom of God. Pray for pastors in transition as new leadership takes effect; may there be a grace in the process. Pray for smooth transitions; that ministry would be unhindered. May much be accomplished for the kingdom of God, as doors are opened and the excitement of the prospect of great impact for the cause of Jesus Christ unfolds.
Called according to His purpose
Despite plans that look different from ours.
For the sake of Gospel.
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