What would you do Wednesday!
Today’s scenario is set in a congregational meeting. Regular church business took place including announcements, comments on church life, etc. The pastor has said he has a special announcement to make, but first the deacon chairman had a few words to share with the pastor.
The deacon begins, “Pastor, it has been a good eight years since you came to shepherd us. Last night, the deacon body and several other leaders in the church got together to pray over today’s meeting. We prayed for you and your family and discussed how thankful we are for you. We really hope that you lead us for many years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to serve with you. Now I think it’s time for that special announcement. Pastor?”
Nervously, the pastor moves to the microphone.
The pastor begins, “Church family, it has been a good eight years! God has blessed us during this time and that is what I am here to talk to you about. What I am about to tell you is not easy – a few weeks ago I received a call from Pastor Jones from ABC Baptist Church. ABC Baptist has been a prominent church in our association. However, as some of you may know, Pastor Jones is stepping down after 30 years at ABC; he’s retiring. Well…Pastor Jones has given me a great honor by asking me to fill his position as senior pastor at ABC.
After much prayer and discussion, I believe the Lord is calling me to be ABC’s senior pastor. This was not an easy decision nor announcement to make, but this seem like the appropriate time to share with everyone.
The deacon interrupts, “But Pastor, after last night’s two hour prayer meeting, we believe the Lord has called you here to lead…for many more years! Pastor, please consider that today many pastors lead and serve churches for their benefit rather than for the benefit of others. Please re-consider.”
What would you do?
- As the pastor, how would you respond?
- As part of the congregation, how would you respond?
- Ask the pastor for a photo and autograph before he becomes too well-known?