One of the Most Important Weekly Investments For Pastors, Worship Leaders, Speakers, and Prayer Counselors

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Churches spend thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars on quality sound systems and hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on worship facilities. Worship leaders and speakers also often invest thousands of dollars in training, instruments, and resources, not to mention countless hours in sermon preparation, worship rehearsals, worship planning, and prayer. All of this time and money is dedicated to honoring the Lord, reaching the lost, and empowering the church.

However, one small weekly personal investment can help pastors and worship leaders when it comes time to make real connections with people.

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No matter how great our upfront preparation is and will be, if we speak personally with people and they are offended by our breath, we will lose vital opportunities to share the gospel, encourage the timid, or recruit vital leaders and volunteers.

Why Pastors Shouldn’t Do Ministry

That’s no typo.  Pastors shouldn’t do the work of the ministry.  Check out my reasoning below:

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT

The role of a pastor is to equip THE PEOPLE of the church to do the work of the ministry.  Most of us who participate in this type of work call it MINISTRY, but I’ve heard that a better term for it might be ADMINISTRY.  This would be defined as the necessary administration, coordination, and education that must be completed in order for the people of God to complete the work of the ministry.

By the way, even though it’s not their main function, it’s good for pastors to engage in ministry themselves on a regular basis.  It frees their minds, helping them experience what it’s like for those that they are equipping.  It also affords them an outlet to utilize gifts and talents, which sometimes seems buried under administration.