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You and Your Pastor

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by TheBibleSender, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. TheBibleSender

    TheBibleSender New Member

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    I found this on another site and thought it would be a good thing for others to put these in the mail boxes of your church members. Now the tricky part. Doing so in a way that the members don't think it was from the Pastor.

    A periodical once gave ten commandments to the layman who desires to make a greater man and a greater preacher of his minister. These commandments are:

    1. Pray for him
    2. Belive in him
    3. Stand by him
    4. Talk him up
    5. Give him a fair trial
    6. Treat him generously in every way
    7. Help him to conserve his time for study
    8. Listen to him with an open mind.
    9. Praise him when he preaches well
    10. Criticize him only to his face and then always in love.

    By observing these simple commandments you will be rendering your pastor a service that he needs, and which will find expression in your own spiritual development. Appreciate your Pastor and tell him so.

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    What I Owe My Pastor

    Respect — I owe my pastor respectful attention as the ambassador of God.

    Affection — I owe my pastor affection, that he may be strengthened by the knowledge that the members of the church are with him in the bonds of holy life and unity.

    Trust — I owe my pastor trust that he may be free to serve the church unhampered by fault-finding.

    Generosity — I owe my pastor generosity, that if his Bible methods seem a little strange to me, I may not be silly enough to insist that he shall change them.

    Prayer — I owe it to my pastor to pray for him each day, that God may bless him and make his service a blessing.

    Protection — I owe to my pastor the protection of kindly silence by refraining from repeating the slander or unkind gossip that would burden him and prevent him from doing his best
    work.

    Time — I owe my pastor enough time to help in his work, when and where he needs me.

    Encouragement — I owe my pastor encouragement when vexations and annoyances make his work difficult, or when he feels discouraged.

    Appreciation — I owe my pastor a kindly word of appreciation when his ministry is especially helpful to me.

    Consideration — I owe it to my pastor not to interrupt and hinder his work with petty and unnecessary calls upon his time and sympathy.

    Attention — I owe my pastor the courtesy of attention when I go to church that he may not be annoyed by my careless actions.
     
  2. ReformedBaptist

    ReformedBaptist Well-Known Member

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    what's a layman? :laugh:
     
  3. JohnDeereFan

    JohnDeereFan Active Member

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    Thank you.
     
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  4. drfuss

    drfuss New Member

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    Why limit these things to how we should treat the Pastor?

    Every other Christian (or Non-Christian) should be treated like this.
     
  5. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    The Pastor has a special role and it is both needed and appropriate that such a reminder as this be placed in the context of the Pastor and his role.
     
  6. DrRandyGrace

    DrRandyGrace New Member

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    I wish someone had sent this to my last group of deacons.
     
  7. Victorious

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    As a pastor's wife, I would love to see my husband receive this kind of encouragment.
     
  8. abcgrad94

    abcgrad94 Active Member

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    Amen! Same here, Victorious!
     
  9. KenH

    KenH Active Member

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    A corollary to a standman? :)
     
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