In February of 2005, I stepped into a role as a pastor. Then in 2007 I became the Lead Pastor of Isla Vista Church. It was then, and still is now, an honor, privilege, and a death sentence in the best way.
I didn’t know exactly what I was saying yes to when I agreed to be the house dad of 25 other people in a community home in Isla Vista, at the ripe age of 25 years old.
Often, in our youth, people can tend to strive for more authority and leadership in the church. And not even out of impure motives, mostly just a zeal for God and His kingdom. However, I think what most people don’t understand, until you’re deep in it, is that the more authority you’ve been given in God means the more feet you’ve been called to wash.
Leadership and servanthood are synonymous in the kingdom of God. Jesus often reminded his boys that leadership was servanthood, and being a servant was what a real leader looked like.
I believe if leadership was taught properly in the church we would have less disappointed people in leadership. They would understand that mess is normal, you can’t always expect a thank you, and the reason you’re in leadership is to lay your life down for others.
Paul told the church at Philippi that he found joy in the place of pouring his life out for their faith, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.”
Paul didn’t get into leadership for what he could get out of it. He got into it for what he could give and he found himself in labor till Christ was formed in those around him (Galatians 4:19).
Over the next four weeks I will release five reflections of what I’ve learned from being a pastor for over a decade now. I have not arrived as an expert by any means, but by grace alone I have made it through into a place that many, for valid and different reasons, have not yet traveled. Statistics show that after 5 years around 50% of those who got into ministry quit and got out, and by 10 years the percentages rise to about 80% or higher.
The five reflections that I will cover that have helped me to keep the course and desire Jesus and His kingdom even more than when I got into pastoral ministry are:
* The Glory of God
* Intimacy with Jesus
* An Unoffendable Heart