Last night, Dr Tommy Green was the first featured speaker at the 2010 Florida Baptist Convention Pastors Conference. The title of his message was “The Heart of a Pastor” and his text was Jeremiah 12:10-11.
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. (Jeremiah 12:10-11, KJV)
His overarching theme was to encourage pastors. Dr Green has a heart for pastors and he wants to see them accomplish all they can for the Lord.
He pushed pastors to be more concerned about people and their eternal destination than about building big churches, attracting wealthy, powerful, or prestigious people, or running the church like a business. Dr Green emphasized that pastors are called to preach, not to be CEOs, although most churches want their pastors to be CEOs.
In light of this admonition, if you are a pastor, will you faithfully seek to see people the way God sees them? If you are not a pastor, will you pray for your pastor to be all that God wants him to be and encourage him in the process?
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