TEN THINGS I WISH MY PASTOR WOULD DO II

6. I want my pastor to lead

Members want their pastor to lead by providing vision and direction for the church. This means that if there is a problem between members or leaders, or departments, the pastor will call a meeting between the feuding parties and have it resolved. Hoping for problems to just blow away is not being responsible.
7. I want my pastor to be on time.

One of the greatest traits of a leader is to respect time - his and that of those who have sacrificed to be at a gathering on time. Time shows utmost respect for God; for certainly if He was physically there we would be on time well He is there.

8. I want my pastor to lead out in healthful living.

Because he is the leader, the pastor is the focus of attention. The Seventh-day Adventist Church focuses strongly on Evangelism, Education and Health Reform. Pastors have great influence on what members do. If they try to adopt healthy lifestyles and teach and guide members about it, members will appreciate it. There are many churches throughout the Union that encourage members in healthful activities like fasting, proper meal preparation and exercise. I wish my pastor to do the same without being extreme about anything. There is a huge problem with non-communicable diseases in the countries of our union and much of these are caused by lifestyle habits. The pastor can help congregations focus on health through his leadership by example and providing resources.

9. I wish my pastor would develop the whole man.

In addition to the spiritual, most people have social, financial, mental, and physical challenges or problems. Seminars on all these topics, using professionals within the church, will aid in this. This will help the church to utilize its property for more hours during the week and truly impact members.

10. I wish my pastor would promote all levels of the SDA church.

Though comparatively small in number, our worldwide church has many powerful ministries and initiatives going on around the world. I want to know about the educational system, the health network, the rescue network[ ADRA], the many congregations, the many countries entered, the various Hope TV networks like Hope China, India, and America. I want to know how the power of God is spreading His work around the world. I want to know that there are people all over the world doing what we do. I don’t want to feel that I am not a part of something with such reach. This huge reach combined with the small amount of people reminds me that it’s “not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord” (Zech. 4:6).

CONCLUSION

In summary, the majority of the members wish well for pastors, respect them and hold them in high regard. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon each pastor to represent that office to which he or she has been called. While he/she is not perfect, members do have a right to expect of him/her a reasonable level of professionalism, devotion and spirituality. Says the Apostle Paul to young Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (NKJV).