A New Partnership

October 5, 2015
by Richard Frith

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (ESV)

A new pastor was settling into a new church. The toilet wouldn't work so he called the plumber. The next day he found a broken light switch so he called the electrician. On Sunday, the president of the church council said, "You know, the old pastor used to do the repairs herself." The new pastor replied, "I know. I called her and she said that she didn't want to do them anymore!"

The arrival of a new pastor is a time of joy for a congregation. But it can also be a time of stress when they find that the skills of the new pastor don't match those of the former pastor. But rather than be upset at such a time, let's follow the apostle Paul's advice and esteem the new pastor highly in love. And, above all, let there be peace.

In time, we will likely find that while the new pastor may lack abilities in some areas, he or she will have many strengths that will be of great blessing.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we hold up before You those congregations who are welcoming new pastors. We pray that Your peace will rule over both the pastors and the people as they become acquainted and form new partnerships for ministry. May all things be done for Your glory. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very true Richard.


    Hopefully the main gift being able to pastor?
    Good thought.
    Blessings.


    How very true. We have experienced a similar situation in our church. It can be a trying time simply because human nature tends to compare rather than accept.
    Thank you for your message, Richard: succinct and wise.


    Thank you Richard.
    Yes, that indeed is one of our human downfalls. We generally tend to compare and see the negatives when there is a change in administration of any type, don’t we, rather than seeing the strengths and positives.


    Hello Richard.
    I am glad that you shared the comment from the council member. Perhaps it would be a good move to suggest that the council members become more active in the maintaining of the building. The types are through out the Old and New Testament writings. Active members were very essential, in the living Church of our God. In many ways, it showed the strength of the body of believers to all around. “Important, Yes”.
    (USA)


    Dear Richard,
    May all ‘new’ and “old” pastors do their utmost with the use of their talents. Wee jobs of repair, etc., like tightening loose screws, and putting in a light bulb (if quick, safe jobs), can be done on the spot by the minister, ennobling him with his parishioners.
    But he/she, the minister, must not get involved in any tasks that take away from his time to do the ministry to which he is called.
    For Jesus sake, preach the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of human beings.


    Sadly, not anything new Richard.
    Pastors face this more often than you think. At first, they are always judged by the congregation according to the previous pastor, whether good or bad.
    Our focus is not to look at the pastor, but to Jesus Who can do all things.
    A Pastor is called by God. His work is to shepherd Christ’s flock with wisdom in spiritual matters.
    Material things are not important – that is the job of deacons or other members according to the Church government.
    Churches in some countries don’t even have toilets.
    Your church must continually lift him up in love and prayer. This may be a test as to where everyone’s heart’s are.
    Following this principle will bring about the results according to God’s will.
    We will be praying for your church.
    May God richly bless you with His wisdom.


    A good and blessed Monday morning to you, Richard, from So. California where we are receiving the most wonderful gift, the first rain in many many months. We are rejoicing!!!
    I just read your devotional, sat here and laughed out loud. It is more fitting than you could know, and at the most perfect time, and one for me to share, for sure. Our pastor is almost 80, has been here for 25 years, and yesterday was his last Sunday with us. Get the picture? The morning service lasted 1 hour 45 min. with so many things going on. At night we had a huge farewell in a big building at the fair grounds that lasted 3 hours. People came from far and wide including Texas. I sing in our 2 singing groups and we were up 5 times, great music. So many things happened all evening, a great time had by all.
    The big question is, now what? I’m a PK, preacher’s Kid, and remember very well what my parents went through. I remember my precious Daddy and how patience he was being publicly scrutinized as went on doing what had to be done the way he felt the Lord was leading and guiding him.
    So, thank you for what you shared, both funny and serious. I’ll watch for more of your devotionals. I have enjoyed sharing with several of the writers in Canada and U.S. God bless you.
    (Ca.)

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