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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 


Should Pastors have a part time job?

I wanted to present this to Pastors, or Ministers, or whichever you may be called, and also to the congregation who attend.

Do you have, or have you considered performing your minsterial duties, whilst having a part time job?
"After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers." Acts 18:1-3

Paul, the GREAT Gospel teacher and Apostle, had a part time job making tents

Consider the merits of doing some non-ministerial work.  You get to spend time with 'regular' folks, that's people who aren't Christians, you get to find out what it's like, have a taster of what it's like for your congregation, who on the most part will have to spend time with the secular world in order to make a living.

You can relate to them better, and it might contribute to help keeping you humble.  This is not to say Pastors aren't humble, but it is to say that as people we can all be susceptible to becoming proud, or boastful, or forgetful of our place that we are all sinners and that the ground is indeed level at the foot of the cross.

For the congregation, your Pastor can relate better to you, he understands your predicament more, you can see he's willing to muck in like the rest of us, thus endearing himself to even more respect, and wisdom.


Churches that open during the day

I'm convinced that a part of the reason that churches so often open during the day, for instance, for coffee mornings, ie pop in for a coffee etc, is in part because many Pastors, Ministers etc come to see their position as the one to serve the flock as something different, but as a regular job itself.  This might not be an intentional thing, we can all be guilty of forgetting our place, it can happen a little step at a time, each day, until a Pastor thinks because others work in the morning, he should be allowed to 'work' in the morning too.  Leading a church is not work in the traditional sense, it's arrogant that a servant should think their flock (and general working people) should fit round their lives, rather than the other way about.  If you want to reach the regular ordinary dude on the street, or your average working church member, why host opening times when they're not there?

Paul said make a living from the Gospel, not prosper

"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." 1 Corinthians 9:14

Notice Paul says here to make a living of the Gospel, not to prosper from the Gospel, that is, enough to survive, sometimes not even that, because Paul would also support himself by working with his trade (working as a tentmaker, Acts 18:3).  Paul was putting life and limb on the line, preaching the Gospel in dangerous places, but still found time and humility to do a regular days work.

It's good to work

God wants us to work up a sweat,

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground" Genesis 3:19

On top of working, if you're able to get a job with some manual labour, then rejoice.





2nd July 2017


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