For some reason I’ve been struggling a lot with the idea of being a pastor. Ever since I started school last Fall and began my “Pastoral Ministry” classes I really have started to question the role of “pastor” in church. For a long time now I have known that God has called me into “ministry” and into his service, but I’ve never known exactly what it was. I knew that for awhile I was supposed to be at Multnomah in the “Pastoral Ministry” program, but that never meant I was going to be a pastor. In fact the longer I was in school the more I felt that I might be a “pastor” for a while but that it never was the God intended goal for my life. Recently I have been questioning even more if there should even be such a role as “pastor” in “the church.” Personally I have been struggling so much lately with what the Bible says and what the “Christian” life is all about. I feel that in all I’ve read of the Bible I see a minimal amount of it being followed, obeyed, or even thought about by “Christians.” With that said I am really trying to figure out a few things.
-One: What is God’s call for my life?
-Two: What does following Jesus truly look like? Biblically, not according to other “Christians.”
-Three: What is “Church” really supposed to be like?
I feel that a recent article I read on www.theooze.com answers part of the last question. Read it at http://theooze.com/church/seven-mistakes-every-church-should-avoid/
Here are some bullets from the article.
- Embracing the building
- Misrepresenting the tithe
- Ignoring the poor
- Over-emphasizing the role of the pastor
- Yearning for political power
- Business-minded ecclesiology
- Conversion-focus instead of disciple-making
I am especially connected to 1, 2, 3, and 4. I feel to many churches are stuck on the idea that they must have a building, a pastor, and a tithe. None of these are directly Biblical that I can find. As for the third, I really am struggling with how much God tells us to care for the poor, and how little we do it.
Just some thoughts for now.