Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/6/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Steve Cole
Fort Scott: First UMC
Five Rivers District
Gary DeMott
Fort Scott: St John UMC
Hammond UMC
West Liberty UMC
Five Rivers District
Connie Edgerton
Fulton UMC
Mapleton UMC
Five Rivers District
David Shrum
Garnett: First UMC
Five Rivers District

Today's Lectionary Text

Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Today's Devotional

HOW DOES YOUR PASTOR STACK UP AGAINST OTHER PASTORS IN YOUR AREA?

GO TO RateMyPastor.com AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

Well actually…

There’s no such site.  Which is disappointing.  I mean, how will you know if your pastor is any good?

To help you out, I’ve made a little check sheet.  If your pastor meets each criteria, check that one off, and then add them up to see how they do:

THE IDEAL PASTOR SHOULD HAVE:

___ The flexibility of a gymnast.
___ The fund-raising skills of a televangelist.
___ The speaking skills of an orator.
___ The maturity of a veteran.
___ The administrative skills of a CEO.
___ The vision of an entrepreneur.
___ The conflict management skills of an arbitrator.
___ The spiritual power of a shaman.
___ The timing of a stand-up comedian.
___ The listening ear of a therapist.
___ The wisdom of a sage.
___ The knowledge of a professor.
___ The compassion of a tibetan monk.
___ The charisma of a celebrity.
___ The energy of an athlete.
___ The wardrobe of an executive.
___ The youthfulness of a Hipster.
___ The thirst for justice of a community organizer.
___ The tenderness of a hospice chaplain.
___ The leadership of a general.

So, how did you pastor do?

If you gave them 1-5 out of 20 they’re GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS.
If you gave them 6-10 out of 20 you’re BLESSED TO HAVE THEM.
If you gave them 11-20 YOU’RE LYING!

The truth is, NOBODY could be and do all the things people expect pastors to be and do!

It’s one of those professions that has lots of skills that can be attached to it. Some pastors are great fundraisers.  Others are great preachers or teachers.  Still others are phenomenal with pastoral care.

Your pastor is excellent in some things, good in others, and probably struggles a bit with other areas.  That’s normal.

See that list above?  That’s a better job description for a whole church!

Along with the gifts of the pastor, members of a church can lend their skills and gifts to provide a vital, well-rounded ministry.

It turns out I’m glad there’s no RateMyPastor.com.

We ALL are called to give our very best for the Kingdom, and that includes everybody, including you.

You’ll be happy to know…

there is no RateMyCongregation.com either. 

-Rev. Mitch Todd
Wamego UMC

mtodd@greatplainsumc.org

 

 

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