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Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Tom Bryant, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Tom Bryant

    Tom Bryant Well-Known Member

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    What was the best lesson you have leaned about pastoring?

    How did you learn it?
     
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    Hey Tom good to see you back.

    Not to put people in leadership positions too quickly no matter how long they have been a member or serving in other positions in the church.

    I have been too trusting of long time members in these small churches I have pastored because of their supposed history and because of the word of others in the church. That is not sufficient. Pastors need to wait and see for themselves.
     
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    Lesson: God is more concern about the man than about the ministry

    How learned: In 1980 after 8 years pastoring I had a total collapse. Working night and day (pastor of a church of 150, administrator of Christian school of 90) until I ended up in the hospital. Slowly recovering on heavy drugs, a couple weeks later an old veteran pastor stopped by the parsonage to pray for me. He shared that statement and advice on how I needed to change my work ethic, my outlook, my reliance on my own strength and grit. I needed to watch my OWN strength first or I would end up doing nothing in ministry.
     
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  4. Tom Bryant

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    Those are important lessons.
    RevMitchell, I have some scars from people who were too quickly placed in important positions.

    Dr Bob, I couldn't agree more. It's not just a matter of overwork, but our own walk with the Lord.
     
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    Yea me as well to include my wife.
     
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  6. Tom Bryant

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    One of the best lessons I ever learned was from a preacher who told me that I needed to know what I believed and why. I have at times changed what I believe (not about the fundamentals) but I always determined to have a firm Biblical basis for what I believed.
     
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    I'm glad to see you posting here again Brother Tom!
     
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    Thank you, sir!
     
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