Why Pastors Loves Being Pastors

Dear Privians,

One of my twin grandsons asked a very good question for such a young boy of 5… "Pop, what is it like to be a a Pastor?" He caught me flat-footed but the answer was right there… "It is the hardest job you will ever love!"

I love being your pastor! Interestingly enough I found this list in my daily reading/research. It come from the artesian spring of research by Thom Rainer and shares what Pastors love most about being a Pastor. Possibly it will add a bit of insight for you. I would rank these a little differently than the order listed below but nonetheless it is a great list!

If there is one of these areas that YOUR Pastor can reach out to you OR if you know of someone who needs a touch in one of these areas then please, please, please, give me a call so we can make another connection in our community for the Kingdom!

1. SEEING LIVES TRANSFORMED! This response was an overwhelming number one. You could almost feel the enthusiasm for this aspect of their ministry as they responded. These pastors feel that God call them to lead toward transformation of others, and seeing that happen is their greatest joy in ministry.

2. PREACHING! Frankly, I expected this response to be number one, but it was a distant second. Preaching is very important to these pastors, but transformed lives are the most important. Of course, some of them noted that preaching transforms lives.

3. PERSONAL EVANGELISM! Though distant to number one, sharing the gospel one-on-one was a clear number three. Here is a fascinating facet of this study to me: Over 85 percent of the pastors named one of these first three as their response. The next eight were named by less than 15 percent of the pastors.

4. PEOPLE/MEMBERS! There is little doubt that these pastors love their churches and thus the members. Many of them exuded joy just by writing about the church members.

5. DEVELOPING NEW RELATIONSHIPS! These pastors include a number of extroverts who really like to meet new people. We introverts don’t understand.

6. MINISTERING IN THE COMMUNITY! It was a joy to hear a number of pastors express intense love for the community where their church is located. I can only imagine their ministries are bearing much fruit.

7. MINISTERING IN THE COMMUNITY! Though similar to number four, the pastors sometimes explicitly mentioned ministering to church members in times of need.

8. CASTING A VISION! The only surprise to me at this response was how low it ranked among pastors. I thought I would hear leading and vision-casting as a response near the top.

9. STAFF RELATIONSHIPS! Not all pastors have other ministry staff serving alongside them, but a few of them did express gratitude for those who do.

10. MENTORING OR DISCIPLING ONE-ON-ONE! This response was not a surprise except for how few pastors mentioned it. Since the first three responses dominated the poll, number 10 was almost an afterthought.

The Shepherd loves the Sheep,

Tob

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About tcbo

Tobey Pitman is a retired career missionary. He is currently serving as a Pastor in Greater New Orleans along the northern rim of Lake Pontchartrain. Tobey currently assists churches to understand the needs of their community and to develop ministries that specifically touch local needs. Tobey is a CISM-trained and certified chaplain serving as a volunteer Chaplain for his local community hospital and local police department. He is appointed as the Faith-based Liaison of the St. Tammany Parish Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) and formerly the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Coroner's Office in St. Tammany Parish. In these roles, he assists in emergency planning and response implementation by directing faith resources into areas of local need during times of emergency and personal trauma. Tobey also served as a ministry strategist for the Northshore Baptist Association from 2010 to 2016. Prior to his service with NSBA, Tobey served for 32 years with the Home Mission Board/North American Mission Board. He worked in Downtown New Orleans and served the broad range of needs that existed among the homeless and addicted people living on the streets of the French Quarter, the CBD, and Downtown New Orleans. This ministry included directing the largest homeless shelter in Louisiana with a capacity of 250. The Brantley Center also offered many kinds of compassion ministries that touched physical needs and provided an average of 600 meals per day. The ministries of the Center included an intensive, long-term therapeutic community for men and women who desired to break free from addictive and debilitating lifestyles. He also developed a church for homeless people called Second Chance Fellowship. Tobey is a native Texan. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has earned masters and doctoral degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Tobey is married to Cathy. They have two sons, two daughters through marriage and six grandchildren.
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