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  1. lilcrush

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    I've been taught (and I believe rightly so) that an associate Minster should never ask or give hints to the pastor about preaching assignments.
    I'm in a situation now that there are 3 associate ministers in our church including myself. The other associates have had at least a couple of opportunities to preach at our church this year. It has been a year since I've last preached. We've even had visiting preachers that had preached more times at my church than I have. I'm not sure if this is an oversight on my pastor or that there is a method to his "madness". Let me go on record to say that I love my pastor, and that I would never do anything to hurt the ministry. What should I do?
     
  2. weeping prophet

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    Sounds like to me that the Lord is urging you to find more opportunities to preach. If so, then I would urge you, and scripture does not prohibit you, to ask your Pastor for the opportunity to do so. He will perhaps be glad to have a break.I would plan a message then take it to Him and let Him look over it with you. Then say "I hope that I can preach this message one day." I'll bet He would'nt deny you the chance. Also, if your not comfortable talking with your pastor, in that respect, then I would seek for other opportunities outside your home church.I have found oftentimes that there are pastors everywhere looking for a week away, vacation or whatever and want someone to fill in but you have to go meet them, befriend them, let them know you are available. I am a conservative baptist preacher but I have preached in pentecostal churches,methodist churches and the like. All because I sought the opportunity. I think it's exciting to cross over to other denominations and no one has said a word about it. Luke11:9-10 Go for it!
     
  3. ForumChaplain

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    Sounds like you are on punishment to me. What other areas of the church are you active in? Sunday school, bible study, prayer meeting. Smile at the chairpersons that bring in other ministers to preach at your church.

    Speak to your pastor, your feelings of neglect will manifest them selves in one way or another, sooner or later. Your spiritual wellbeing as member of the congregation that God has placed him over should matterto him... Let him know that he is your pastor too.....
     
  4. lilcrush

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    Sounds like you are on punishment to me. What other areas of the church are you active in? Sunday school, bible study, prayer meeting. Smile at the chairpersons that bring in other ministers to preach at your church.

    Speak to your pastor, your feelings of neglect will manifest them selves in one way or another, sooner or later. Your spiritual wellbeing as member of the congregation that God has placed him over should matterto him... Let him know that he is your pastor too.....
    </font>[/QUOTE]I'm very active in my church. I teach Sunday School every week, attend weekly Bible class, prayer services, choir rehearsals etc...I'm also one of the organists at the church. With all of these activities I'm at the church at least 4 times a week. I think that its an oversight by my pastor because I'm so active in the church. I just don't know? Maybe I'll will talk to him. Pray for me. Thanks
     
  5. Pastor_Bob

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    I am not clear whether you are a full-time associate or not. When I was an Associate Pastor, I was at the church everyday of the week.

    My advice would be, if you want to preach, start preaching in the jail, nursing home, rescue mission, on a bus route, or even on the street corner. Your Pastor will see your desire to preach and even more, God will bless your efforts to preach to these often overlooked people.
     
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    There are only two things that make me want to preach, first one is bad preaching and the second is good preaching.

    If God has called you to preach then, if you don't preach, it will burn you up inside.

    At my church I am an Elder and not the Pastor. We have a total of three Elders (one being the Pastor). Our pastor is aware how it feels not to preach and he uses me almost every Sunday that rolls around. Before I was ordained to the full work of the Gospel, I had a standing appointment of the first Thurday night of the month was my night to preach.

    Say things to your Pastor like nothing makes me want to preach more than bad preaching and good preaching. In other words you are saying you want to preach and you do if God has called you to preach!!

    Changed like Saul,

    Elder Chris Folsom
     
  7. blackbird

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    Good advise from all of the fellas who posted.

    Preaching is an "itch" that can't be satisfied--If I did it every day--I couldn't do it enough!

    Besides preaching 3-4 times every week at my church--there was a once a week thing at the nursing home, then there was another once a week over at the local "Klink!"(prison) I love preaching there--just a story about the prison ministry I preach in--once I asked an inmate--"How many other Bible Studies and services do you go to each week?"--I knew they had something--some church would come in and be with these fellas every nite--to which he says, "Preacher! Yours is the only Bible Study class I attend all week!!"--Well, I was curious as to why so I ask him--"Brother So & So! Why's that!!??" And, get this!! He says, "Because your's is the only group who comes in here with the TRUTH!" Man! I left out of there that night--and all the way home I felt like a Sioux Indian--on my way home from a War Party!!

    Wherever you go--go there with the truth!!

    In a nutshell!
    Brother Blackbird
     
  8. Jim1999

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    A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country.

    Sometimes if one grew up in his church and enters upon ministry, he gets neglected. I have seen this a number of times over the years. I am not sure that it is a personal thing and I would suggest mentioning it to your pastor. I always appreciated it when people brought oversights or nuances to my attention. With a pastor and three assistant or associate pastors, it must be a large church and I should think there would be ample space for preaching. Preaching is not always entering the pulpit on a Sunday morning or evening.......or, is this what you want to do?

    All the very best.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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