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February 24, 2012


Day 3 of Lent: In the Kingdom

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

For far too long, I’ve been too tied into the theological understanding of the differences between the pastor and congregation. Essentially, the congregation runs itself and I, as pastor, keep the spiritual realm moving along. In this understanding, I have willingly separated myself from a good portion of the administrative duties that traditionally have been handed out to people in the congregation.

And this has been wrong.

Honestly, I have been all too willing to cede these duties to others. I mean, who really wants to deal with specific programs and office administration when others within the congregational structure are all too willing to take the reigns?

The only problem with this is sometimes the church-focus gets lost. Christ becomes secondary to money. Our Lord becomes a Sunday morning Lord, not an everyday Lord.

See, everything that we do at church is to have Christ at the center. Our first and primary role is to reach out to the lost; to take the Word of God to God’s people; to use our talents for the betterment of the Kingdom of God.

Without have the pastor at the center of church operations, this spiritual directive can easily be lost.

I decided this week — call it a post-cancer present, of sorts — to shake things up. I will be taking a greater role in our youth education programs starting now. I will be working on a congregational evangelism program that will include all aspects of our faith life. And there are other areas in which I will be taking a leading role. More on those as the weeks go by.

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  1. bob kuppler
    Feb 24 2012

    I wholeheartedly agree.


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