Being A Pastor 2

Yesterday we talked about when you should NOT be a pastor. Now let’s talk about if you should be one.

If you find yourself constantly worrying about a congregations’s doctrinal understandings…

if you find yourself wanting to serve a congregation…

if you endlessly find yourself thinking about how to fix a congregation in ways that don’t involve glory to you…

if you just think constantly about preaching, from the viewpoint of the message and not the messenger…

If people out of the blue are asking you if you’re a Pastor…

…this might be for you.

So, how to check?

Pastor David Warner of Faithful Baptist Church teaches that one’s gift and calling comes at Salvation. He also points out God will not call without giving the ability at the same time.

That USUALLY gets recognized by a church, that you seem to be having growing pains, and you find yourself DOING the things that a pastoral candidate should be doing. However, most of the things a pastoral candidate should be doing gets missed because – it’s reading the Bible. It’s studying the Bible. You find yourself wanting to tell people about the inner details about things. You want to explain that at the time of the Exodus, the chariot was THE latest thing in military weaponry.

You find yourself wanting to discuss how Goliath was pretty much wearing Spartan armor, long before the Greeks invented it. You find yourselves wanting to explain that Goliath was about 10 feet two inches tall (six cubits – 114 inches, 1 span = 7 inches), and that he was probably literally twice David’s height, and almost twice his width.

You find yourself wanting to explain that the purpose of the champions facing off before the battle was to see if one’s patron gods were on your side or not.

You constantly read, learn, study.

The problem with that is, most of the time, your church doesn’t notice, until you go to your pastor, and say, “I was thinking about Bible college…”

then usually all the pieces fall together.

Here’s the thing to dwell on while you’re doing all this study…

…this is your job application. Fill it out well. If you’re slack in your study now while you dream about being a pastor, you’ll be slack in your study while you’re a pastor.



Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???