Ministry can be a very difficult task with little rewards at times. There are times though when things seem to click and go well. It’s at those times that one has a sense of pride in being the pastor of a church.
When a pastor hears about some of the dealings of church members that are not so “Christ-like,” there’s the temptation to distance ourselves from our struggling congregation. We shy away from being recognized as the one who is at the top of that group. (Even though we know that Christ is the true head, many see the pastor as the lead guy.)
Then there comes those moments when you are so proud to be the pastor and seen as associated with this group. Recently, I have had the privilege of being in that latter category. Our church family has made me say on more than one occasion, “Yes, I am the pastor at Bethany Baptist Church.
Here’s a little of what’s been going on:
Just this past week, this gentleman passed away. While I have been talking with the family, I asked if we might host a lunch for the family after the funeral at our building. I was told that two ladies from our church had already made arrangements and taken care of everything.
It’s moments like these that make me bow up and proudly say, “Yes! I am the pastor of Bethany Baptist Church. Thank you to my church family for being the hands and feet of Christ!