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Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by Jude, Jun 14, 2004.
Who is the best Pastor you've ever known? What made him great?
Now if we are talking about the word pastor as in the context of the word Shepherd..... as in John 10:11~
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Then I say Jesus is the greatest! As to the second part of the question....He gave His life for us and His Father made Him...need I say more?
I agree completly about our Lord Jesus Christ.
Concerning church pastors, our current one is the best one I've had. He's a good preacher and teacher, but you never gert the feeling he is "lording it over" anyone. He doesnt think of himself as a "big shot", and I never get the impression he is "putting on airs" or acting any different "in the pulpit" than when he is at home eating dinner. As a matter of fact, he never gets "behind the pulpit"! He stands in front of it, closer to us and on our level. The only people I have ever seen literally preaching "from the pulpit" are visiting brothers or sisters who want to use it for their message.
He really cares about us, and it shows. Hes a dear brother in the Lord and we love him.
And this goes for his wife as well, who has the title "co-pastor" although she only gives messages every once in a while. She counsels sometimes to our women. There are some things that only another woman can really understand.
The best pastor I have had was a Reverend Schweitzer who emphasized the holiness of the Lord God, enough so that I learned to revere and greatly respect the Lord. He dressed the part of a clergyman. He wore a black suit and a white shirt with tie along with shiny black shoes. This was in 1960. By looking the part I mean he did not come into the church looking like a used car salesman in casual attire. This my preference in a minister; others may very well differ.
If I may be allowed a second best pastor it one who always used Expositional type preaching, which is taking a passage of Scripture and then explaining it. I learned a lot from him.
The best pastor I've ever had just retired from our church after 29 years because of health problems. You just know he's special when he served so long and people really hate to see him go, even though he is still a member.
Brother Moore (never call him reverend) was raised in the country by parents who were "tenant farmers". He never graduated from high school but is one of the smartest men I know. When God called him, he thought God must be crazy. LOL He really though of himself as an uneducated "hayseed" and resisted for some time before answering God's call. He did go to Seminary despite his lack of education.
He is very fond of laughing and making other people laugh. He's a big man with a big heart and helping people and serving the Lord are his reasons for living. He never compromises the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believes in calling sin what it is. If you have a problem with that, it's your problem, not his. During his shepherdship at our church, the church grew from a very small church with about 30 members to a quite large church with 250-300 in church on Sunday morning. We have great childrens' and youth groups with all kinds of events, trips and camps. We also have great programs for adults with Nursing Homes Ministry, ICU Ministry, Food Bank Ministry, Disaster Relief Ministry, a wonderful weekly Visitation ministry; anything that helps people in the community and our city. He literally puts Jesus' principles of loving one another and loving all people into practice daily. Our church is open to any who need help.
This is what impressed me the most when I began to attend this church.
Brother Moore is well respected in the city, even among the super educated and more financially endowed.
How do we replace such a man.
The best one I knew was a Rev. Davis who came when I was young and was loved by all the young people in the the church. He had a way of relating the truth of the Word to all of us in a way easy to understand, and it was easy to see his love for all of us was godly and genuine.