Last week, someone informed me that because I no longer received a paycheck from the church, I was no longer a pastor.
And I guess in the broadest sense of things, that’s right. Katie and I have been searching for the right church for a long time now – and I haven’t received a paycheck from the church during that entire time. So if receiving a paycheck defines a call….then I guess I am no longer a pastor.
But I happen to believe being a pastor is more about a call and less about a job.
Being a pastor means taking the middle-of-the-night phone calls of despair. Yep….still do that.
Being a pastor means having hard conversations with people who ‘don’t wanna hear it.’ Check.
Being a pastor means helping folks see Jesus better, understand Him more completely, love Him better. Ummmm…..yes.
Right now, my paycheck is illusive. That doesn’t make me a magician. (Although, sometimes when all the bills are paid, I do wonder if that might be the next career path for me!)
I am a pastor. And whether or not I ever see another paycheck from a church, I will always be that. God created me with that heart. Ministry is NOT just a job….unless it is. And if it is, I say to you — you know you can make a lot more money with a lot less heart-ache doing something else, right?
If you’re a pastor -BE THAT – in whatever context (and with whatever paycheck) you find yourself.
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Brings new meaning to the old saying; “sometimes, all you have is your calling.”
Who said that??! ;)
So Darren Sutton…since I left my “paid” youth pastor position to start Pass The Salt Ministry…does that mean I’m no longer a pastor either??? lol And believe me, lots of people have a very hard time ever calling me that. I always explain that I’m a pastor with the lowest of the lower case p you can ever find!!! Pastor is shepherd in my book; and I love on people and that’s what I feel called to do…keep it up from one Non-pastor to another!!!
Amen Pr. Sutton!
Heck yes. Tell it. Because Jesus, Paul, many others we find in the bible who pastored, received a paycheck from the church….Oh wait, that didn’t define ministry for them!
-Tasha, The Bridge Chicago
That person is a fool.
That person is a total fool.