We Don’t Need Supermen

JP: Worthwhile read that reminds us that the Pastor’s responsibility is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). Perhaps you are familiar with the famous John Kennedy Inaugural Address in which he said: “ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”. In that same vein, I beseech every 4BYA reader to “ask not what your church can do for you—ask what you can do for your church“.

We Don’t Need Supermen

David Tripp relates a story of a church member who called the pastor to get him to help a man. Tripp’s comment to the member was, “Isn’t God’s love amazing? God cares about this man and put one of His children in his path. God cares about you and has given you the opportunity to be an instrument in His hands.” Those of us who are not pastors are prone to want the pastor to do everything! We expect him to be in charge of everything from moving tables for the ladies’ meeting to being the chief administrative officer. That is certainly not the pastor’s role.

HT: Chris Anderson who adds these thoughts:

The pastor’s job is to equip the entire body for ministry—what we at TCBC often call “decentralized ministry” and “every member ministry.” The pastor who busies himself by making every visit and meeting every need (or at least trying to) may look impressive and feel important, at least for a time, but he’s failing in his God-given task (see Acts 6:4; Eph 4:11-12; 2 Tim 2:2). He’s making the body dependent upon himself, not on Christ and not on each other, and that failure will eventually yield tragic fruits, whether while he is there or when he departs.

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