Ministering during the pandemic has been difficult. Returning to church after the restrictions of the pandemic has been challenging. As a pastor, I have been working through all sorts of issues that I never learned about in seminary, and frankly, I never thought I would have to work through as a pastor.
In many ways, being a pastor in this season has been thrilling. At the same time, I have been amazed at how easy it has been to get caught up in all of the minutiae of mandates, hand sanitizers, and face masks. I know I am not alone in this feeling. As I cruise my social media feeds, I see my fellow pastors posting plans to get back into the church release guidelines on how to proceed and look for feedback on the best ways to keep their people safe.
While all of that is extremely important, I want to refocus on a topic that I have not seen discussed very much. I want to take a moment to refocus on the calling of the pastor to share the Gospel.
We Are Called to Share The Gospel
The calling of the pastor has and will always be to share the Gospel. Jesus called the disciples to share the Gospel (Luke 10:1-12), and Paul told Timothy to do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim 4:5). While looking after the flock is part of doing ministry, seeking after the lost is as well. Pastor, do not get so caught in the minutia that you forsake your calling.
We Are to Preach the Gospel
The pastor must share the Gospel in his preaching. Jesus and Paul used every opportunity to point others to salvation in their preaching. Therefore pastors, let us model them. Instead of preaching on the times, we must preach the Word (2Tim 4:2).
We Are to Invite People to the Gospel
The invitation of the pastor must call people to accept the Gospel. Jesus often invited people to follow him, and Peter called people to “repent and be baptized” (Acts 2:37-39). Pastors, do not get so caught up that you forget to invite the people to respond to the Gospel. Eternity hangs in the balance for many who hear (Rom 10:13-15).
Pastor friends, serve faithfully, endure through the trial, do the best you can with what you have, and don’t forget to share the Gospel.