This week's blog entry is again taken from my newest book, Pause, Recharge, Refresh. This collection of daily devotions is intended to energize a pastor's day-to-day life and ministry. I believe that pastors give of themselves on a daily basis — to their congregations, their communities and their families. Because of their servants' hearts, they often forego their own needs for the needs of others. I hope these devotions will remind pastors daily of how special they are in this world and in the Kingdom of God, and how important it is to take care of themselves. For more information on this resource or any of our other efforts on behalf of pastors and their families, please visit our Web site, The Parsonage.
I've heard many people say that, in the twenty-first century, it will not be the size of the church, but its health that will ensure its survival.
I doubt if most people realize that more than 100,000 churches in the United States have 50 attendees or fewer. That means that the average church will have fewer than 100 worshipers this Sunday. So, in spite of all the press the megachurches receive, we are still a nation of small- to medium-sized churches.
For some pastors, serving in a small church creates something of a self-image problem. We look at the big church on the hill, compare ourselves to that operation, and feel inadequate or insignificant. Not so, my friend!
In The Heart of a Great Pastor, Neil Wiseman and I wrote, "Every assignment is holy ground because Jesus gave Himself for the people who live there. Every place is important because God wants something incredibly important to be accomplished there through us. Every situation is special because ministry is needed in that place. Like Queen Esther, we have come to the Kingdom for a time like this." All of these factors give a pastor a much-needed sense of destiny about his assignment.
In other words, there are no small assignments, and none of you is insignificant in any way.
You are needed, important, and empowered by God. You serve in the middle of the action. God wants to enable you to transform your present assignment into holy ground-a place where He accomplishes supernatural achievements through ordinary people.
Eugene H. Peterson puts a new spin on Jesus' words in his paraphrase of the Scriptures, The Message. "When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant" (John 15:5).
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