This is one part of a much longer series of posts in an attempt to convince Pastors and other church leaders to be intentional about having multiple men serve as preachers in your church. And yes, I even mean the little churches that can’t afford to pay a full-time pastoral preaching team too. To start at the beginning, click here.
Reason #7: Because It Creates Opportunities To Serve The Broader Church.
Repeat these words after me:
“I want every piece of God’s Kingdom outside of my leadership to be as successful as those under my leadership”.
I think that most pastors can say that with integrity— Or at least I think so… I don’t know, maybe some can’t. I would imagine though that you can. But whether you really think like that or not, the reality is that the number of pastors who are actively trying to pour into the broader Kingdom of God is a good bit smaller than those who would honestly say that it’s important. I think that’s tragic.
You wouldn’t listen to the excuses of your people as they agreed something was important but claimed they just didn’t have the time to sit down and do it. You would lovingly and gently (Is “gently” the right word?) remind them that we all prioritize what we actually value and that our schedules are an indication of where our treasure is. If it’s true for them, it’s true for us.
I have written in another place from a different angle, that it’s your job to help your church see by your example that there is a larger mission at stake. That your personal involvement in the missions efforts of your church is necessary to help your church see that the broader Kingdom is worth reorganizing your schedule for.
And guess what being intentionally off the stage every once in a while opens the door for?
It opens the door for you to schedule that mission trip that would have kept you gone over the weekend. It opens the door for you to preach in another church.
But I’m not talking about a paid gig. Conferences and Retreats (maybe even a Revival or two) can be valuable things. And if God has blessed you with that kind of footprint, ok. But if you REALLY want to serve the broader Kingdom, I suggest aiming at doing some pulpit supply for a pastor-less church in your area. This is not an opportunity to build your platform. It’s an opportunity for you to use your giftings and to serve. And stepping into a situation where only a handful of people will be around to witness it– A situation where they probably won’t be able top pay you a penny for doing so…. Well I can’t think of a better “doing it for the Kingdom” situation than that.
But this goes way beyond just Sunday mornings. If you’re doing your sermon prep correctly— Not preaching every once in a while will also free up some time during that week. It’s during those weeks that you can spend a little extra time meeting that pastor across town for coffee or actually serving in some ministry effort.
Now, if you are being lazy about your sermon prep, you won’t see any difference at all. But then you’ve got some others problems to deal with first. So leave this advice right here and come back to it later…
It is completely possible for a lazy man to hear this and take it as an excuse to have an easier week once in a while. But brother pastor, if you’re the type who is constantly looking for opportunities to be a constructive influence in God’s Kingdom— If you’re the type that wants to use the talents and passions God has given you to make other people successful, let’s go ahead and reorganize that preaching schedule a little bit so we can create some opportunities to serve in other capacities.
YOUR team is bigger than YOUR church, so look for ways to serve outside of what makes you successful. The Kingdom will be stronger for it.