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Family & Home 1,146 views Mar 19, 2014
Pastor Ed Young
"I do not ever wish to convey our main work as pastors would be to fix a problem. Our primary work is to make saints." ~ Eugene H. Peterson Expectations are something we all have of one another, when we are in relationship, whether we're conscious of them or not; whether or not they are realistic or agreed or not. Within their role within the community of believers, pastors, perhaps more than anyone else, have a role in a believer's expectations. A few of these expectations, indeed probably many, are unrealistic and incorrectly oriented. Although at times a pastor is a coach, a counsellor, a mentor, a preacher, or even a friend, it's not their primary role. Rather than fixing problems, the pastor lies better to illuminate God's Word and can, and affirm God's character inside the context of their parishioners' struggle. Pastor is a unique role. And this is what parishioner can expect: a unique relationship, whereby their pastor could possibly get to understand them better, dignify them in their presence, listen and understand. Grace may be the medium within the pastor and between the pastor and also the parishioner, as grace is groomed in this particular believer who sits with their pastor - as equals, as much as the believer will allow. Making saints is all about modeling grace; the redemptive quality of affection and acceptance. GOOD EXPECTATIONS Pastors are types of the spiritual life oriented correctly, though not perfectly. If their clients are making saints - disciples of Jesus - their life is to be in accord with this very mandate. The pastor knows Jesus, and leads the believer toward intimacy with God. However they don't have any special mortgage on the Lord. And the pastor is certainly not exclusivist. They do not play sides. They try to like all people the very best they are able to, albeit imperfectly. Pastor Ed Young Whenever a person comes to see a pastor they should expect openness, warmth, empathy, genuineness and authenticity. Most importantly a pastor protects dignity. Their safety to get along with, and confidences are kept. There is also the fair expectation the pastor will honour with reverence the positioning of astounding been called into by God. This means the pastor, whilst he or she is a sinner with the need is saving, strives to be and ensures they are beyond reproach. Pastors will be to exemplify power's reversal, which is inherently redemptive; they're to become masters from the apology - but not for overt people-pleasing. EXPECTATIONS TOO GREAT It is too much for any believer to anticipate a pastor to fix their problems. This kind of expectation runs foul from the truth. No one can fix someone else's problems. Indeed, more often than not we cannot even 'fix' our very own problems - many of which we must simply bear patiently. And that is the entire process of becoming saintly: bearing things patiently. With a unique helping position, anointed by God to become a servant leader, a pastor can't be likely to fill other helping professions' roles, though, depending on the individual pastor's giftedness, they might fill the breach every so often.