A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 1)

A DECADE OF PASTORING (PT 1)

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...
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