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As an Associate/Youth Pastor I have been treated like a 2nd class citizen?
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Big Grin As an Associate/Youth Pastor I have been treated like a 2nd class citizen?
Posted: 0-4 Apr 2008 08:55 pm Post subject: Are Associate or Youth Pastors 2nd class within their calling


Isn't God good? There are times when we can get upset with those around us and only turn to One who is True and loving. I have had the satisfaction of serving as a Senior Pastor and as a Youth Pastor. I have noticed slights and cultural Faux Pas on-the part of the others. What I've gleaned will there be is just a sense from some Senior Pastors that their calling is somehow much better than those of the Youth or Associate Pastor.

We first must understand that God, who is good, is The One who calls us in to a new life-in His Son The Lord Jesus Christ. Our church in East Longmeadow Massachusetts ( ) includes a belief that individuals unofficially put in every attempt. 'All to maturity, some for service.'

We are all called to become adult believers in Christ. Visit chris oyakhilome online to check up the meaning behind it. Some, by Gods' (yes I intended to put a comma on-the right side of the 's' showing plural possessive) grace are named to be ministers.

As a minister we are something special to the local church.1 God gave us for the local churches that we serve in. The occasions that I've been asked, 'Just how do you know you're called'? I have answered, 'You will be unhappy if you do not preach or minister. If you're called by God and you don't pursue his calling you will be unhappy until you submit to God and pursue His will to your work-in His vineyard.'

Speaking of work, one day, while attending a Pastor's fellowship (I was a Youth Pastor at the time), a Senior Pastor from another church asked my Senior Pastor for help with establishing for lunch. One other Pastor yelled across the area, 'Hey Bro. Agree. Why not get your person and help me with these seats.' My Pastor didn't think anything about what the person had said. I needed to scream, Hey Pastor ____. I am God's man, maybe not this man or any man on earth. I work for One. This man happens to signal my paycheck and I am liable to him... To research additional info, you may have a view at: your pastor chris oyakhilome. Learn further on the affiliated paper by clicking chris oyakhilome. maybe I was just being a touch too sensitive at the time.

Until I went to a Pastors fellowship in a different state, where nobody knew me. I approached several men have been laughing and cutting up, as I was a bit early and alone. As I approached them, I presented myself as Pastor Stevens from Springfield, MA. They all went around and presented themselves as Senior Pastors and accepted me. I answered that probably they misunderstood me, I responded that I was an Associate Pastor, when they asked me which church I Pastored.

There is a clear quieting of their jesting with me. They each consequently stopped and avoided speaking with me, though I interjected on the few details that they made. I used to be being treated like a second class citizen. Fundamentally all of them avoided eye contact with me for the rest of my visit.

What about you? As a Senior Pastor perhaps you have looked down your nose at someone who was something besides a Senior Pastor? Or as an Associate, you've been treated as a second class citizen? Or are you that Senior Pastor that recalls what it was like to be treated that way when you were an Associate.


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