Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wanted: Senior Pastor

Wanted, senior pastor. Must be highly skilled in preaching, teaching, discipleship, counseling, visitation, evangelism, visioning, planning, leading a multistaff church, and directing all activities of the church.

I read this ad from our state denominatinal newspaper to our church leaders. One of them said, "Man, why don't they go ahead and require him to be a CPA, too. That way he could write the checks as well as doing everything else." At least they listed preaching as a requirement, but there was no mention of prayer, character, integrity, or calling. The really sad thing is that in spite of this church wanting a pastor who is more proficient than any of the apostles, he will be following a pastor who is retiring after over three decades as pastor of this church. That means that the new pastor will step into one of the most difficult situations in the church world, with the pre-existing expectations of being super-pastor. Now, contrast that post with this one.

We are seeking a spirit-filled pastor who exhibits leadership, compassion, and integrity, and is found continually in prayer.

I have made a hobby out of reading the qualification listings for senior pastor positions. I have never read one that said he must be a man of prayer until I read this one. I'm sure many churches are looking for a man of prayer, but they almost never list that as a qualification; that, in spite of the clear Biblical requirements for him to be so. Granted, the pastor must be able to do many things, but if he is not a man of prayer he is nothing more than a church bureaucrat. One of my friends has this quote on the header of his blog. It bears reading here.

"A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more." John Owen


Garrett Starr said...

Hey, I really like that John Owen quote!