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Posted: 0-4 Apr 2008 08:55 pm Post subject: Are Associate or Youth Pastors second course in their calling


Is not God good? There are occasions when we could get upset with those around us and only turn to 1 who is True and loving. I have had the satisfaction of serving as a Youth Pastor and as a Senior Pastor. I have noticed slights and cultural Faux Pas on-the part of others. What I've gleaned is there is just a sense from some Senior Pastors that their calling is somehow much better than those of a Youth or Associate Pastor.

We first must understand that God, who is good, is The One who calls us in to a new life in His Son The Lord Jesus Christ. Our church in East Longmeadow Massachusetts ( ) includes a belief that individuals unofficially placed into every effort. 'All to maturity, some for service.'

We're all called to become mature believers in Christ. Some, by Gods' (yes I meant to put a comma on the right side of the 's' showing plural possessive) grace are named to be ministers.

As we are a present to the local church.1 God gave us for the local churches that we serve in a called-out minister. The occasions that I have been asked, 'How can you know you're called'? I have answered, 'You will be miserable if you do not preach or minister. If you are called by God and you do not pursue his calling you will be unhappy until you submit to God and pursue His will for the work in His vineyard.'

These are work, 1 day, while attending a Pastor's fellowship (I was a Youth Pastor at the time), a Senior Pastor from another church questioned my Senior Pastor for help with establishing for lunch. Another Pastor screamed across the room, 'Hey Bro. Have. Why don't you get your man and help me with one of these seats.' My Pastor did not think any such thing about what the man had said. I needed to yell, Hey Pastor ____. I'm God's man, perhaps not this man or any man in the world. I work with One. This man happens to signal my paycheck and I'm liable to him... maybe I was only being a touch too sensitive at the time.

Until I went along to a Pastors fellowship in a different state, where nobody knew me. As I was a little early and alone, I approached several men who were cutting up and laughing. Get additional info on the affiliated link - Click here: pastor chris oyakhilome. In the event you wish to identify further on pastor chris, we know of heaps of libraries you might think about pursuing. As I approached them, I introduced myself as Pastor Stevens from Springfield, MA. They welcomed me and presented themselves as Senior Pastors and all went around. When they asked me which church I Pastored, I answered that perhaps they misunderstood me, I responded that I was a Pastor.

There was an audible quieting of their jesting with me. They each in turn stopped and avoided talking with me, although I interjected on a few details that they made. I used to be being treated as a 2nd class citizen. We learned about commercial christ embassy by browsing webpages. Eventually they all avoided eye contact with me for the remainder of my visit.

How about you? As a Senior Pastor have you ever looked down your nose at an individual who was something apart from a Senior Pastor? Or as an Associate, you've been treated as a second class citizen? Or are you that Senior Pastor that remembers what it had been like to be treated that way when you were an Associate.


Pastor John Stevens
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