The Solo Pastor

13 09 2012

I guess you can say that my “brand” is being a solo pastor. I may never work in a church with another paid staff member. I may never see an attendance average above 100. I may never see the day when my wife does not have to work to supplement our income. I may never be able to host a celebrity or attract people with our stellar music and full orchestra.

As a 57-year-old pastor , I will no doubt retire as a one man band. I am not alone, there are thousands of us. Same say almost 80% of all churches in the United States have an attendance of under 100. Thing is, you only hear of the pastors from mega churches who have large advertising budgets. I believe that within the ranks of that army of solo pastors are some of the most godly, sincere, humble, sacrificial, honorable, and loving men and women of God who you will never know. They are ambassadors of the Savior and salt and light in their sphere of influence. They are shepherds, prayer warriors, servants, guardians of the truth, mentors, referees in matters of dispute, counselors, and much more. They report for duty on the worst day of a person’s life. They are always available to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. I am a solo pastor and honored to be a part of such an army of chosen ones.

Solo pastors depend on a support team of men and women who are aware of human limitations in ministry. They own gifts of the Spirit that the pastor lacks and are willing to humbly support their shepherd as Aaron and Hur did to Moses. They step up to the plate when the pastor needs to step away from a situation, expectation, or circumstance. They graciously allow their pastor the right to have a bad day. To those who are the Aquila and Priscilla’s of ministry, thank you. Great is your reward in heaven

1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

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