4 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to be Superman

 Do you ever feel like you have way too much to do?  Like you could use some superhuman strength to carry the weight of all the responsibilities on you? Whether you’re serving as a senior pastor at a large church or a small church, there’s always a long list of things that need to get done.  There are people that need to be visited.  There is a sermon that needs to be written.  There is a Sunday school class that needs to be taught.  There is curriculum that needs to be order, copied, organized, or distributed.  Staff that needs to be managed.  Budgets that need to be balanced.  No matter the size of the church, there is always a long list of things that must be done. 

But if you’re anything like I was, you’re afraid to say something.  You’re afraid to ask for help or you’re afraid to pass off the responsibility to someone else because you don’t want to “inconvenience their busy life with church problems” or you don’t want them to think you’re “not pulling you’re own weight”.  Maybe you’re afraid that if you ask people to take on a responsibility they’ll feel overwhelmed and they’ll quit coming to your church altogether.
When I began serving in ministry, I had this irrational yet unconquerable fear of asking or expecting someone to do something for fear that they might quit or say “No”.  I was concerned that if I tried to hand off responsibilities to others, they would think that I was trying to take advantage of them.  But this fear was just a tactic to keep me, and the church, from being effective to the mission that God had called us to.  One of the primary callings of a pastor is “to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for the building up the body of Christ…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and of by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Eph.4:12-14).”

Fellow pastor or church leader, this is what you have been commanded to do.  You have been commanded to “equip the saints” not to “skip the saints” for the work of the ministry.  I listed below are four reason why we as pastors have to obey this command to equip those whom God has called us to lead and not try to be Superman.

We have to stop skipping the saints and we have to start equipping the saints [Tweet This]

When the Saints are Equipped, the Body Grows

There is an old saying that says “a fish’s growth is only limited by the size of the tank.”  While it is speculated whether this is true of fish, it is certainly true for the body of Christ.  If we don’t increase the individuals who are doing the work of the ministry, then our ministry will be limited to our own ability.  If we truly want to reach our community with the gospel, we must be willing to hand over the reigns to someone else in some of the areas that we have maintained control.

  • When the Saints are Equipped, Weak Children become Strong Adults

My wife and I have 7 children (5 with us, and 2 with Jesus). Our desire is to see our children grow into responsible and strong adults who love Jesus, love their spouse, and take care of the responsibilities that God gives them.  How ridiculous would it be if, when they were in their 30’s, we were still changing their diaper and cutting up their food?  Why is it any different in the church?  We have got to get over the fear of people throwing a tantrum because we expect them to be obedient to what God expects from them.  Our desire as pastors and church leaders is to see members of the body of Christ who are able to stand the storms of life without having to have us their as a support post.

  • When the Saints are Equipped, God becomes Primary and We Become Secondary

Pastor/Church leader, whether you are new in the ministry or have been in the ministry for the past 50 years, don’t get caught in the trap of self-glorification.  It’s easy to get sucked into the desire to have people look at you as the solution to all of their personal problems.  We are easily drawn to having people “need” us for every crisis in their life.  Don’t do this.  They need to learn to lean on God more than they need to lean on you because the reality is you are not going to be there forever.  I’ve see far too many people that are miserable in their service at the church because they are still trying to “payback” a man whom they admired and respected and who has been gone for a number of years.  People’s service in the church shouldn’t be out of appreciation for your investment in their lives. Their service should be out of their love for Jesus Christ.  They don’t need you to be their savior becausewhen you’re gone they won’t know the one their supposed to be following.

  • When the Saints are Equipped, the Body Functions Like an Gold Medal Olympic Athletic 
When I watch the Olympics, I am absolutely amazed the the skill and technique that each of the athletes use to achieve their task.  From the ski slopes to the parallel bars, those athlete are primed, trained and ready to go.  The same is true for a church that has been equipped to do the work of the ministry.  God gives the church, individually and corporately, everything it needs to reach the people group that it has been put together to reach.  Not every church is the same but God gives each one the skills and the personnel to get the job done that He has called that specific church to do.
Pastor/Church Leader, I know it’s not easy but if we hope to reach our community and we hope to reach the world with the good news of the gospel we have to do it the way that God has set out before us.  We have to stop skipping the saints and we have to start equipping the saints.
How are you equipping the saints in the ministry that God has called you to?  What difficulties are you facing?  Let us know in the comments below, or shoot us an email at StrategicShepherding@gmail.com, we’d love to spend some time talking to you and praying for you!
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