As we participate in our search for a minister, it is important that we recognize that embracing ideas or people without subjecting them to scrutiny is not a discerning approach to a very important process. Acting in haste based on emotions rather than solid thinking, as the saying goes, can often result in repenting at leisure.
We must think outside the limitations of our individual needs and consider the future of the church itself. The church body has needs that some of us as individuals do not, but we have a responsibility to make sure that we include ALL the needs required of a minister by the church.
Below is a blog post, once again by Thom Rainer, titled "Ten Things Church Members Desire in a Pastor." As you can tell from his survey, the minister is not just the holder of a vision. He is commissioned to be hands on along with the congregation in bringing that vision into manifestation. It has to be a team effort.To quote Katzenbach and Smith, "Team leaders act to clarify purpose and goals, build commitment and self-confidence, strengthen the team's collective skills and approach, remove externally imposed obstacles, and create opportunities for others. Most important, like all members of the team, team leaders do real work themselves."
"Many of my articles come from the perspective of pastors. That will not change in the future. I am an advocate of pastors and I desire God’s best for them. I have no plans to change my advocacy role. As a change of pace, however, I recently asked a few hundred laypersons to write down what they desired of a pastor. Their responses were open-ended, and there was no limitation on the number of items they could list. Though my approach was not scientific, these laypersons did represent over sixty churches.
Here are their top ten responses in order of frequency. Since many of them gave one or more sentences as a response, I can provide a representative comment by each of the responses.
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Charles Fillmore: "Unity is a link in the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus Christ; our objective is to discern the truth in Christianity and prove it. The truth that we teach is not new, neither do we claim special revelations or discovery of new religious principles. Our purpose is to help and teach mankind to use and prove the eternal Truth taught by the Master."
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