This exhortation is simply a call to humble, servant-leadership under the Chief Shepherd/Pastor, Jesus Christ. And these are the very type of elders God has placed into leadership at 3RG. The call to joyfully and humbly submit to leadership (1 Peter 5:5; Hebrews 13:17) is made easy when the leaders are joyfully and humbly submitting to the Chief Leader. And this is the very type of situation God has established at 3RG.
In light of it being Pastor Appreciation Month and this Saturday also being Pastor Ben’s birthday, I would like to specifically share why I’m thankful for our vocational elder/pastor, Ben Reaoch:
- I am thankful for a pastor who sticks with you through thick and thin- in the good, the bad, and the ugly- a true friend. We recently heard a sermon on friendship from Proverbs; but this wasn't a sermon based on theory. It was rather a life lived out personally; he has consistently modeled this for me and with me.
- I’m thankful for a pastor who majors on the majors and doesn't get tangled in the minor details.
- I am thankful for a pastor who consistently defers to others and doesn't have domineering agendas.
- I am thankful for a pastor who exemplifies humility and trust for those God has surrounded him with by joyfully delegating things.
- I am thankful for a pastor is who slow to speak and quick to listen.
- I am thankful for a pastor who isn't frantically racing to attain evangelical stardom but rather faithfully plods to see the Gospel change the people and city in which he lives.
- I am thankful for a pastor that isn't self-promoting (you probably have to have someone else tell you that he wrote a book) and rather deflects attention.
- I am thankful for a pastor who doesn’t rush (in decisions or to conclusions) but rather pauses and treads carefully.
Whether you’re part of 3RG or another church body, take some time to thank your leaders and pray for them.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)