Perhaps a pastor/minister’s job is not to focus people’s attention on himself, on his plans, or on his performance; but instead to focus people’s attention on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.
–John the Baptist put it this way: “He (Jesus) must increase but I must decrease.”
Paul of Tarsus taught that a minister’s job is to train ordinary Christians to do “the work of the ministry.”
“And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ,” –Ephesians 4:11-12
In other words, a minister should work himself out of a job by training, empowering, and releasing others to do the ministry. It works like this:
Can you imagine a church meeting where everybody present is able and willing to teach and minister to one another as the Spirit leads them? There is such a meeting in Nashville, Tennesse every Sunday morning at 10:45 am. at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207. Come see!