Preaching a message about how vital pastors are is one of the hardest things for a pastor to do....try and tell people why they need a pastor....hummmm...why our role is important. Sounds kind of like a proud thing to do. Good thing it was the apostle Peter doing it and Ron was just quoting him. Actually, we can speak as sheep and members of the church too. After all we are simply assigned this task by the chief Shepherd. I know I would not have been able to live my christian life successfully if it were not for the pastors God has put in my life, Ron being one of them. No exaggeration!
Like Ron said, you’ve got to really feel a calling for this to be able to do it. It’s not easy. But I can truly say that after decades of pastoring, I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Partly because I know this is God’s will for me and I want to be right smack dab in the middle of God’s will for me. Secondly because the church is God’s ultimate plan for accomplishing his will on the earth, and the only thing that’s going to be going into eternity from this world. That’s right, God’s people...his bride...his body, is the only thing lasting for eternity. That’s worth giving your life to...which in essence is what we’re all giving our lives to. And that’s the other thing that makes pastoring such a joy. In 1 Peter 5 Peter said pastors should do what they do out of joy and not out of obligation. You, as God’s people, are the thing that makes pastoring here at SGCP such a joy. Not that it has not had its difficulties, but your faithfulness and commitment to the church here and to God’s kingdom purposes have made pastoring an absolute joy. We definitely believe you need pastors and they are an important part of your kingdom growth and safety, but we also want you to know what a privilege it is for us to pastor you here. We are grateful for you and covet your prayers as we continue to try our best to provide the best possible pastoral care we can.
Thanks for being a part of the journey here at SGCP!