I always get a bit nervous when someone calls me “the minister of Calvary Assembly of God.” I am not the minister; I’m the pastor and a minister.
There’s a big difference!
A pastor is one of the gifts Jesus gives the church to equip lots of ministers (see Ephesians 4:7-13). A pastor is not the minister, but a minister-equipper.
Check out this quote from Oswald Chambers—
“Notice the gifts that the Apostle Paul says Jesus sent after He ascended—viz. apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers—‘for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.’ The test of a preacher or teacher is that as we listen to him we are built up in our faith in Jesus Christ and in our intimacy with Him; otherwise he is not a gift from God. Today we are apt to test the preacher on the ground of his personality and not by his building up of the saints.” (emphasis added)
I don’t want to be put on a pedestal as the minister. I want Jesus to be exalted. This will only happen when all the gifts to the church—apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers—are equipping the entire church to minister.
What do you think?
July 25, 2014 at 10:14 am
I think that’s an exceptionally good word, thanks! Check out Daniel Hill’s “10:10” if you are so inclined. He talks a lot about this. Many blessings!
July 25, 2014 at 10:20 am
I’ve read the reviews of 10:10 and it sounds intriguing. Have you read it yet? If so, what did you think?