Each year, we have a Deacon’s Orientation—a time when the deacons and their wives come apart for a couple of days of training, equipping, and refreshing so they are better able to represent the Lord, the Pastor, and their church.
On any given service, I can look across our auditorium and see people whom I’ve led to the Lord, baptized, dedicated their babies, and, in many cases, married their children. To me, our church is just family.
The pace and demands of ministry add a unique dimension to marriage! Speaking from the standpoint of a husband and pastor, here are three suggestions to help you strengthen your marriage as you serve the Lord together.
It is inherent in human nature to blame other people for our problems. All too often, we as pastors wish to blame the maintenance man, the staff member, the deacon, the Sunday school teachers, or others for the failures and difficulties in our church. This human tendency should be avoided.
One area Independent Baptists are not lacking in is our full schedule of conferences and meetings. From coast to coast there are ample opportunities to attend meetings that will “re-charge your battery.”
I use a template document for typing my sermon notes. But I guard against a template philosophy in preparing my sermons. My church deserves fresh sermons that are prayed over and thoroughly studied for—not cycled through.
One of my pet peeves is email. More specifically, it is email that is used as a substitute for a personal touch. Ministry is people work. It involves building real relationships and nurturing spiritual growth.