Category Archives: Pastoring
Written by: Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist / Church-Planter
People want a Pastor. Throughout their time in your Church, they will NEED a Pastor, several times in fact. Will you be there for your People when they need you? People will need their Pastor to call them at times to rejoice with them, or at times to pray with them over a tragedy in their lives. Sometimes just a letter such as I received from Dr. Jack Hyles, who many years earlier, while my first wife was suffering with cancer, wrote me a note just to say that he loved us and had been praying with us during this season of life. My how that letter, which I still carry in my Bible meant to my wife and I.
To be a Pastor that communicates the love and warmth to your people, you will need the following two principles
The Seventh Principle of Pastoring
Walk with God! I have learned over the years that if I must guard my walk with God. NOTHING must take the place of my personal time with God. I am busy, very busy. I fill my schedule with work that normally lasts 16 – 20 hours a day. Many of you do the same. But we must never crowd Jesus Christ out of our schedules. Again, if you Walk with God, you will never Stumble before Man.
Then, on Sunday morning, I cannot wait to share what God and I had discussed during the other six days of the week!
The Eighth Principle of Pastoring
The next principle is closely associated with the sixth principle: Create your own “Personal Growth Plan,” (PGP)” Do you have a plan to continually grow as a Preacher, as a Christian? Every single person I have asked this question to has frankly admitted that they did not have a personal growth plan (PGP).
· Most people I surveyed had read their Bibles; many had spent some time in daily prayer; some were even memorizing Scripture. Yet nothing was strategically planned. By this I mean, nothing which would lead them to a certain, specific result after three months, six months, a year into the future, or even in five years.
· There was no specific plan to overcome habits; no plan to create new positive ones. I have learned, that most simply do not have a plan for growth in their lives which would place them in the best possible position to be used more effectively for God. Preachers, we must have one ourselves and then teach our people how to develop a growth plan as well.
· We all know that “If we want something, then we must do something.” You see, Failure just Happens; but Success is Planned. Success comes as a result of doing several things on purpose.
· If you go after the growth that you need, you could spend the rest of your life settling for what you have become. The question is, will “settling” provide you with the new skills necessary to lead you to the top of your mountain?
If you need help with a sample Growth plan, please email me at: JimKilgoreMinistries@gmail.com, and request the FREE personal Growth Plan that I have now used for years, I will gladly send it to your email with-in 24 hours.
This is a must for any pastor of any sized Church to keep him focused on growing as a Christian and as a Pastor.
You may also visit my website at: www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com for help as we have over 60 articles which will encourage and produce growth in your personal life.
Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People (Principle Six)
Written by Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist
There have been two Preachers that have GREATLY influenced my ministry as a Pastor
throughout the years, Dr. Jack Hyles from Hammond, Indiana, and Dr. Harris Steurmer from Danville, Illinois. I had already mentioned Brother Hyles. Now I would like to introduce you to another “Genuine Pastor, Pastor Steurmer.”
I was just starting my Bible College education when I was awakened at 6am by a strong, booming voice. It was the voice of my Pastor having devotions on the front porch with an elderly woman who was no longer able to attend our Church regularly. Yet there he was, each week, sharing God’s Word to this lady. This man had a Church running over 600 in attendance, yet he still made this lady experience the love of her Pastor.
I saw this man many times lower his tall body down to shake a “Bus Kid’s “ hand or to rub a little boy head. The impact of this on me as a very young preacher? Everyone is important! From the youngest baby in the nursery to the eldest person in Church, Just love them ALL! Don’t treat anyone different! This is where I genuinely developed my desire to “Add Value” to everyone. Why? Because EVERYONE is important to God and therefore must be important TO ME AS THEIR Pastor as well. Once you love and value a person, the sincere expression of your appreciation of people will naturally flow from your heart.
Demonstrate SINCERE Appreciation
Pastor, please demonstrate sincere appreciation for what your People do to help you in your ministry. Let them KNOW that you VALUE them for WHO they are, as well as for WHAT they do. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the other person knows how you feel about them. Thousands have stood at the casket of their loved one only to say, “They did not know how much I loved them.” My advice Pastor, “Don’t Wait until it’s Too Late.” To share your love for them.
I want to share a poem that Brother Hyles wrote about this subject which dramatically
influenced me as a Pastor.
by Dr. Jack Hyles
One day the load was especially heavy and the burdens were many. I had so many appointments that night and to be quite frank, I rebelled a little bit at having to solve the problems of others when I had so many myself. After counseling with many people, it was about midnight. As I started to go home, I had the following thoughts. Please read this poem very carefully.
“I have a burden, Pastor, that I’d like to lay on you.” I listened, tho he never knew I had a burden too.
I took a tearful look toward mine; Then his came into view. ‘Twas plain to see my burden was The larger of the two.
I saw his load alongside mine, And, tho they both were real, The yoke he bore was made of wood, And mine was made of steel.
To him I said, “Come unto me; I’ll gladly carry thine”; Then whispered unto selfishness, “But who will carry mine?”
I softly laid my burden down To help him his to bear, While knowing that my heavy load I’m not allowed to share.
I’ll help him with his burden, then Regain mine after while, When I will sigh and weep once more, While now I force a smile.
I felt the CHAINS OF BONDAGE till A CAPTIVE came to me. He bade me help him break the bands, And aid him to be free.
I saw the fetters binding him, And felt a pity pain. For his were made of little rope, And mine of heavy chain.
I laid aside my heavy chains, So he, my help, could borrow. I’ll help free him of bondage now, And think of mine tomorrow.
A DOUBTER knocked at study door; I had an urge to groan, “Why bring your pebble doubt to me, When mine is made of stone?”
I smiled at him and listened, while Believing in my doubt. I laid it down reluctantly, And feigned about a happy shout.
I sat ALONE in darkened room, And felt a shadow’s knife. Another came to share with me Some darkness in his life.
As I compared my night with his, His dark possessed a lack. For his was just an evening shade, While mine was midnight black.
I slowly laid my nighttime down, To help him seek for light. I’ll tread my dimming path again, When I have made his bright.
A TROUBLED SOUL came to my door, A problem to confide. I had a problem, too, that day; ‘Twas hard for me to hide.
My problem was a mountain steep, And his was just a hill. My problem was an ocean-wide, And his a tiny nil.
Yet, ’tis my lot to fill his need, And put mine on the shelf. For I must lay my heartache down, And hide it from myself.
He told me of a broken heart, While mine was breaking too. I told him of a mending God Who maketh all things new.
He told me of his thirsty soul; I gave him living water. He said he was a broken vase; I told him of the Potter.
Another came when I was SICK To say he had the flu. His fever was a hundred-one, And mine a hundred-two.
Another came when I was FAINT, To say that he was weak. Another came when I was DUMB, To say he could not speak.
Another WEEPING SEEKER came, For me, his tears to dry. I went alone and wiped my eyes, Then told him not to cry.
Another came when I was TIRED, To say he needed rest. I lifted him with weary arms, And tried to give him zest.
AND NOW, IT’S LATE, and all have gone, Each one to his abode. So I must find my problems, and Regain my heavy load.
Where is the burden I had borne? I had it while ago! Where is the problem I must solve? I left it here, I know!
Where is the darkness I once knew? I now see only light. The chains, the tears, the pains, the fears are nowhere now in sight!
I cannot find my broken heart! Where is my fevered brow? I have a song! the tears are gone!
I cannot find them now!
My sickness, now, bath turned to health! And trust replaceth fright! Assurance covers all my doubts;
My darkness now is light!
I heard a voice from Heaven say “My child, ’tis always true: When you take care of others’ needs,
I will take care of you.”
I answered the call to Preach 39 years ago. What a privilege and honor to be a Preacher and Pastor. Little did I know how much I had to learn. In fact, the older I get, the more I yearn to learn so I might become a sharper tool for God. What I did learn about being a Pastor, I learned from the man in the picture, Dr. Jack Hyles. He taught me how to love your people; that EVERYONE was important, whether it be a Bus Kid or a Millionaire. God loved them all.
This is what this message is about. I want to share ten principles of being an effective Pastor. I am certain that other Good Men might have a somewhat different list, and this is okay, but I can assure you, that if you faithfully follow these ten principles, your ministry will be richer than it might have been.
1. Preach the Word. Never compromise God’s Word. II Timothy 4:2: “Preach the Word…” II Timothy 4:3-4: Preach the Word! This is our Calling, our Challenge, and our Commission!
Verses 3-4 of this passage describe a scene that seems amazingly contemporary. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Why are we to Preach the Word?
a) Because the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine!
The time has arrived in which people not only reject the truth, but they have even refused to listen to the truth.
b) These men will prefer lies instead of the truth because they have what Paul calls “itching ears.” “Itching ears” are ears that are greatly desire to hear every new idea, every new theory, and every wild idea, no matter how unbiblical or farfetched it may be. People with itching ears want Preachers to tell them what they Want to hear instead of What they need to hear.
c) Unfortunately, as Paul had predicted, the day would come, and it has certainly arrived, that there would be many teachers who will be most happy to tickle the itching ears of their hearers. Preachers, Preach the Word!
2. Love God’s People with ALL of your heart. This will lead you to “Being there for your People.”
• I recently heard of a “pastor” who had a faithful member in and out of the hospital for six months and yet he NEVER visited this lady. His reason? “I don’t do hospital visits, he said. This is not my job.” Unbelievable! Jesus left the 99 to go after the one! Should not we as well?
3. Use your Ministry to Build your People; NEVER use your People to build your Name! Your job as a Preacher is to preach for Impact, rather than to Impress others! One preacher said, “You cannot be thinking about yourself and impacting another person’s life.”
4. You WILL Pray or you WILL Fail! A man can preach no better than he prays.
5. A Pastor must be a Servant not a Superstar. It is not about us. It is about being used of God to serve in the very way that Jesus served. The greatest of these are the servants. (Matthew 18:1-4; Matthew 23:11; Mark 9; Luke 9; Luke 22).
• By the way, you will never outgrow service! It is not something you do until the church is big enough to get others to do it, and then you can start having others serve you. No, Jesus, God’s Son came to serve, not to be served! So should this our attitude always be.
• Near the end of his life, General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, sent a message to his co-laborers that contained nothing except the word “others”. That was the essence of his life. Live for others, not self. The songwriter said it best for me, “Others Lord, Yes Others. Let this my motto be. Help me to live in such a self-forgetful way, that others may see Christ in me.”
Which Principle hit home with you the most? Please leave your comment and the reason why. It will help many Readers.
(The second five principles of Pastoring will be posted on 12-6-13)