Ordination of Ps Ron to take on our PJ English Church was an event. For the ensuing 3 years it was helping different ones adjust to change in leadership. Unsuspecting it, adjustments also crept in on me with increasing realities of the transition.
I remember when my Pastor (Richard Holland) retired and handed over to Kevin Conner who subsequently handed over to Mark they shared about their passing on the baton. I must admit that it was too far removed for me to grasp then. In recent years Ps Bernie Hartog retired and passed his baton to his successor. He mentioned to me his sense of grief in the process. This time it got closer home. Having invested my life into PJ (E) church for over 25 years, there are ties that I could not pretend that never existed. The people: their highs and lows, their pains, loss of loved ones or life’s crises and celebrations in child births, weddings, souls saved, are all life-oriented. Being a Pastor is never just a job. Relationships and emotions are real.
Hopefully this process equips me to be a better mentor to our outreach pastors in our New Life churches for the future when their turn comes. Someone said, once a pioneer always a pioneer. You tread through grounds before others for those behind you; just like parenting and grand-parenting. Even if children growing up may think that they do not need parents at some stage, the truth is, up to quite a few more years in their lives, they still look to their parents.
In comforting me, Ps Lawrence said my situation should be viewed as a promotion as there are still things to do in overseeing the Group of churches. This promotion flows down first in the PJ (English) church with Ps Ron as its Pastor now. Others down the line move up and move around, even till today. Unlike my senior Pastor friends, they retired in old age. I am not there yet. So it is apt for me to empower our Pastors for successful service ahead of them.
Promotion with platform and progress
A government spells out the platform on which they rule the nation with ideals, vision, structures, policies and resources. For promotion to be meaningful platform and progress are part of the equation. Clarity of platform and process move us forward with better machinery and spiritual armoury. Further thoughts are in the making for our New Life Group Structure for a successful future. My headship over the Group will be helped by other Pastors.
Progress in ministry is meaningful only with empowerment of God’s grace. We serve a heavenly government. Ours is a spiritual service. Increased anointing with insight of God’s thoughts and ways are important. This is my focus in personal development. I hope it’s yours too. We are kingdom believers.
Progress is meaningful when platform includes the quality of right relationship at various levels. There is safety in this against the wiles of the evil one.
Mentoring and Books
My brother reminded me that success is not automatic. Mentors have been important to him. Mentoring is vital to us all. How true is that! Books are a great resource in this matter. Human mentors are not always easily accessible. If there are people willing to mentor us it is a blessing. A few pointers:
- There are no perfect mentors: learn their strengths and struggles
- There are longer term mentors and short term ones (seasonal)
- Mentors can be nearby or distant (authors)
- Mentors are experienced and gifted: fruit of ministry rather than a title