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Help Wanted

it is Monday August 3, 2015. as most of us (who work days) are heading in to work, there are men and women who wake up reeling from a spiritual high to begin the futile search of different employment. It is futile not because of their talent or gifts it’s because they feel they may not be able to do anything else. This person could be your pastor!!??
What?! you say? the man of God? let me share what has been on my heart. I remember reading a study done by the Barna research group. They had noted that the average longevity of a pastor is approximately eight to ten years as its noted that 1800 ministers leave the ministry each month. similarly every year as six new churches open their doors, four churches will close theirs. what does all this mean?
It means Ministers need us. The lost need us. to put it simply “HLEP WANTED”. People need People. I believe this is how the Lord designed us. it takes us walking along side our Pastors to fulfil the great commission. It takes every man, woman, and child to help those who are hurting. To meet the need; be willing to walk with those who are struggling. there are many reasons that Pastors leave the ministry. more often, it is because they don’t see themselves as effective. consider the prophet Elijah.
After a considerable triumph over Baal’s leaders and the notice of queen scorned. he fled at the threat of his life. although for me as a church goer I never thought my pastor was threatened. he was “a Man of God” after all. But, he is a man. a man that has a family, Struggles with the same stuff I do. he has bills like I have bills. he as dreams like I have dreams. the threats of your pastor may not be as severe as their life. My question is? what are you doing as a Christ follower to help them from looking at the job postings

Friday Focus: 3 Reasons it takes a team….

Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭26‬:‭8‬ ESV)

If you have ever married or even if mom called on you to fix things I’m sure then you know the “honey-do” lists.  The list that make husbands sigh and the  handy-man, rich. I’m  talking about what had happened to me this week. I wanted to show my beautiful bride of 18 years, that I could be handy and replace the door lock/deadbolt combination.

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Unfortunately,  as my drill was losing battery power and I was running out of time before I was to report to work, I rushed and wanted to finish myself. This, now sits outside our door; at least for now.

Asking for help could be a challenging whether in ministry or business. You don’t want to appear weak or incapable of the position you are operating in. You believe you must have all the answers. Friend, that’s not healthy. It also hurts the very ones you are trying to help or serve. That’s why you need a team. Even jesus sent his disciples two by two…..  Even Jesus had disciples.

1. Teams help you keep balanced.
This is true for relationships as it is for ministry. You are good at many things however, there is one area that satisfies your sense of purpose. It answers what you were made for. This is the best use of you and your time. Although, what is needed in a situation may not be what’s in your toolbox. This is when great leaders shine! How? By pulling from their team members who are specialized.

2. A team increases your impact. Now as I am getting older I recognize that I am not the same punk kid I was almost 20 years ago. (I’m starting to sound like an old Tony Keith song). I want to leave a legacy. I want to share my knowledge with whomever would listen. Why be picky who your audience is when even Jesus said “whosoever hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying.

3. Teams produce togetherness and reflects their focus.

How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up? (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭32‬:‭30‬ ESV)

There is satisfaction about acomplishing a set goal with people of like-mindedness. Take the championship game for example; one team of individuals working together as one team, covering the weaknesses of their team members with their strengths to produce a common goal. Though many enter the champion race only one wins due to preparation meeting the opportunity. As a fellow minister, what is your motivation for doing what you do?

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭24‬ MSG)

Team members can be the best of friends and the hardest people to get along with. They are team members who have the same mission as you do. And this like mindedness is the link that’s helps fulfill the goal. This weekend look at your team. You can not fulfill what God has in store for you alone. Allow the team to through your weak areas as you cover them with your strong ones.

 

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