4 Things a Pastor is NOT

LifeWay Pastors | 6/20/2018 | Mark Dance
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Admit it. You do not have enough time or energy to do everything that is expected of you. I’m in that same leaky boat. The good news is that we are not supposed to. Although our gifts and calling are irrevocable, they don’t make us invincible.

What if we refused to be the solution to every problem in our church? Imagine defining ministry success by how our members’ succeed instead of how we succeed? Our call to equip people for ministry is a call to give plates away, not spin them better.

Gifts - Summer - Declarations - Pastors - NOT

I want to encourage you to revisit your calling and gifts this summer by embracing these four declarations of what pastors are NOT called to be.

“I am not a referee.”

Referees - Umpires - Jobs - Planet - Spots

Referees and umpires have the most thankless jobs on the planet. They should wear spots instead of stripes because they are huge targets for criticism.

Conflict resolution may be that part of a pastor’s job that comes with the most pressure and least preparation. Although every pastor (and believer) is called to be a minister of reconciliation, some of us are more gifted and equipped for it than others. I have met very few lead pastors who consider counseling a core part of their calling.

Years - Pastoring - Permission - Feud - Spouses

About half-way through my 30 years of pastoring, I gave myself permission to not fix every feud between spouses, siblings, and church members. God reminded me how He fixed the first church conflict in history—with deacons. As these capable lay leaders waged peace, the pastors refocused on prayer and the ministry of the Word, which led to another wave of growth.

“I am not an attorney.”

Conflicts - Impasse - People - Pastors - Steps

When some conflicts reach a legal impasse, people often consult with their pastors about next steps. I refuse to offer legal advice even when I have a strong opinion. Being an expert in God’s...
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