Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


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A Loving and Faithful Pastor

  • Jim Townsley
  • Dec 10, 2018
Church members, more than anything else, want their pastor to be a loving and faithful man of God. The pastor that aspires to be the biggest and best tends to use his people to achieve his goals rather than God’s purpose. However the pastor that loves his people and ministers to them as he tries to help them achieve their spiritual growth will have people that will love and support their pastor and ultimately help him achieve greater success than he could have done by demanding their service. Happy and spiritual people will achieve more for the Lord than people that serve by obligation.
There is no place in the ministry for self-promotion. Preachers are in the business of promoting God and preaching the gospel. Paul never promoted himself and neither did the other disciples. In fact, many early leaders suffered horrendous persecution and even martyrdom and they did so willingly in order to do the will of God. The Bible teaches us about the importance of cross-bearing and the crucified life which is the expected life of believers. Preachers need not aspire to the praise of men or receiving worship from men. We are to worship God and teach our people the same.  
The vast majority of fundamental preachers I know are godly faithful men serving the Lord with little recognition. Their goal is to please the Lord and spread the gospel and they do so humbly. Every young man would be well advised to follow the example of the great leaders in the Bible and men of God from the past and present. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. -- 1 Corinthians 4:2 
An education is important but there is more to the ministry than education. Receiving a post graduate degree and being an eloquent speaker is to be admired however the Apostle Paul recognized the limit of human ability when he stated, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  -- 1 Corinthians 2:4. Being popular can be deceitful. Favour is deceitful . . .  -- Pro 31:30 Being right and honoring God is more important than being popular or being liked. If people like you because you preach the truth so be it. If they despise you because you preach the truth so be it. Being true to the Word of God will divide some followers. Some will like you and some will despise you but seek to please God in all that you do.
In the ministry there will be good times and difficult times. However the church planter must be faithful and consistent all the time. An important aspect of starting and pastoring a church is to love the area in which you serve and love the people God brings into the church. People will know if you love them by your sacrifice as you serve them and feed them the Word of God.   What people desire more than anything from their pastor is for him to be loving and faithful in his service to the church.