A Pastor’s Gathering

So what do pastors do when they get together? Sounds like an intro to a joke…

I was in Chicago this week with some pastors from around the country. It was good to be with some guys I’ve known for 20+ years. We see each other a couple times a year. It is a great time to reconnect, share stories, hear from people who are experts in different areas, and laugh.
One of the highlights for me was a late dinner at a famous Chicago pizza place with 3 friends — telling stories, laughing so hard I was crying…
For the meeting times, we had Adam Hamilton (pastor of the largest Methodist church in the universe) in to do some training. He is an inspiring guy with amazing vision and energy. Don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone as intentional as Adam. I was stirred up and challenged, reminded of how much God loves Denver and what a privilege it is to be a part of SHV and together serve our city.
What do pastors do anyway?? First of all, pastors have a sense they are “called” to do what they’re doing, which means it is more than a cool idea or vocational option.
Pastors train others in how to follow Jesus through teaching, serving, caring, and encouraging. Most of the work is behind the scenes. They aren’t the “go to person,” but rather know the “go to Person” (Jesus). They help connect people with Him.
And they help people learn to follow Jesus in lifestyle and character. That means every follower of Jesus is called onto the field of play, each with a very important role to play. No spectators. In a small or large church, that is the challenge. Getting everyone in the game, growing as devoted followers of Jesus.
I’m so thankful for the privilege of serving as a pastor. It was a great 3 days and I’m looking forward to what will unfold personally, at SHV and in Denver as a result.

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