“Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service” (2 Timothy 4:11).
From time to time, pastors invite me to spend an hour or two with their leadership team, primarily the church staff, at their weekly meeting. It’s informal and conversational and takes place around the office conference table with the coffee pot going and a rapidly diminishing plate of donuts before us.
Some thoughts I share with the team include the following…
One. Nothing is more important than that you keep yourself close to the Lord.
He is your source. “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
Jesus Christ is the Giver of everything that concerns you. He called you into this work (after saving you!) and He sent you to this church. If either of those is not the case, you would do well to get alone with Him for an hour and clear everything up, then do as His Spirit instructs.
Keeping yourself close to Jesus means exactly what you think it does: daily quiet time with Him, with your Bible open and your heart in constant prayer, bringing every thought and act under His lordship. We should begin and end the day in prayer, and offer up prayers throughout the day. “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). We should know God’s word and meditate upon it. A church staffer should never say knowing the Word is the preacher’s job; it’s every believer’s privilege and duty.
From time to time, your pastor is going to exasperate you; Jesus will give you patience and understanding. Your income is not going to be sufficient; Jesus will hear your prayers and send what He wants you to have. Your job conditions are going to change, and sometimes the assignment dearest to your heart and matching perfectly your spiritual gifts and talents will be taken from you; Jesus will be your counselor, guide, and protector, or you will be in trouble.
The Holy Spirit will be your Human Resources Director. He is your Lord.