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The Pastor: An Endangered Specie

Today is September 11, 2019, just 18 years after the tragedy of the bombing of the world trade center. What an awakening moment in the life of our country. We will never forget and we will always remember the lives lost and the actions of our police, fire, military, chaplains, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and civilians, who gave all they had on that day that changed us.

I want to address the tragedy that is ongoing in the life of pastors. Pastors are a group of men and women who also have given their lives for cause of others. They work tireless hours, being available 24/7, and rarely have true time off or vacation time. In light of recent events of pastors falling into temptation, and now even taking their own life due to mental illness, I came across Thom Rainer’s daily post, entitled “How pastors discern their true friends.” We as pastors have to do a better job of taking time off and protecting it, spending more quality time with our families (this is a whole other subject in and in itself), and finding ways to engage with friends who will keep us in check.

As I am embarking upon a new position to become the Executive Director of the El Paso Baptist Association, I am challenged to be a friend to our pastors of the many Baptist Churches of El Paso. We need each other. We need to cooperate with each other. We need, we need, we need. We are afraid to admit that at times for fear of appearing weak. Pastors always want to make a good impression of being strong and having their lives all together. The Pastor is an endangered specie. Pastors are leaving the ministry in record numbers. More churches are pastorales than ever before. More pastors are now bi-vocational as well, since giving is at an all time low.

When you think about your pastor, please, please, please, pray for them. They are people too. They have needs too.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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5 Reasons Pastoral Tenure Could Increase

 

 

 

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As we move into our next phase for City Church, I am enthralled about the possibility to have a long tenure here. Although I am not a millennial, I feel a connection with this group and count them as peers. I realized that they have so much to offer churches in the way of leadership. They do not lead like my generation. They lead as soon as they see an opportunity. My generation (busters) sees a need and forms a group to pray about if we should have any connection with that need. While we wait, the young millennials have already moved in and helped.

City Church is a vibrant young congregation just 4 weeks into its birth. More than half our staff is 30 years or younger with years of experience already! We are a blessed church ready to minister to the city of Del Rio!

Beginning January 3, 2016, the Lord has opened up an opportunity for us to meet in another church’s facilities. What a huge answer to prayer. We will be meeting at Livingstone Worship Center where my good friend Pastor Martin Seca leads. He is just as excited as we are. There staff has been such a blessing to us here at City Church! We can hardly wait to move forward as we have already outgrown the house in which we meet. Last Sunday, we had 48 people in church, and this Sunday expects to be more.

As you read this blog, would you pray for God’s will to guide us as we seek Him first. We know His New Testament church is a growing church, so we are praying for God to lead us in this quest to evangelize Del Rio, Texas.

Thom Rainer wrote:

The five reasons pastoral tenure could increase are:

  1. Pastors want to invest their lives in a community.
  2. Pastors want more stability for their families.
  3. Pastors don’t measure ministry success and fulfillment by numbers and size.
  4. Pastors are starting new churches.
  5. Pastors are leading church revitalization.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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