I was reading a blog the other day that I found so interesting I thought I would share. It was titled "5 People a Pastor needs." I had never really thought about that subject before, but it made so much sense. Not only Pastors, I believe we can each apply this to our lives. There are certain "types" of people that everyone needs in their life: to better them as a person, encourage them spiritually, and to help guide them in the right direction.
I often think about personalities. They are all so different. It's what makes us all human. Some are funny and easy going. Some are sharp and rigid. Some are hard to get to know. Some are warm and inviting. Everyone is different. God has made us all so different. Whatever your personality is just remember to always be accepting to other personality types. We aren't always going to "get along" with everyone but we can try. You might have to bend your personality in order to fit "in" with someone else's.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.
This is the descriptions of the 5 types of people a Pastor needs in his life:
People who know how to honor. There is a fine line that is often crossed in pastor/friend relationships. Church leaders, particularly pastors need people who know how to keep honor in its rightful place. Knowing how to be a friend without loosing site of the person sitting beside you is key. Why should we keep honor in tact? Because leaders offer a value to our lives that is beyond friendship.
People who know how to be human. If there is one thing that every leader or pastor would like the world to recognize is that we are mere humans. Our sin, struggles, and setbacks are no different in our lives than anyone else’s life. We are all tempted, and we all sin. Knowing how to be human with your leader is a tangible freedom that all leaders desire.
People who know how to protect. What does it mean to protect your leader? Maybe it’s shutting down gossip or standing up to criticism on your leaders behalf. Protecting your pastor is keeping others from harming his or her integrity with words or actions. Protecting your leader is covering his or her character from character assassins. When’s the last time your stopped gossip about your pastor?
People who know how to remain loyal. Loyalty is tangible. You can always spot the loyal friend or associate. How? They are simply there through it all. They refuse to allow family, friends, co-workers and their opinions to thwart their loyalty. This is rare in the church world, but deeply desired and needed.
People who know how to laugh. If you cannot laugh with me, you cannot do life with me. Most of my friends are amateur comedians, or so we all seem to think. Being able to laugh at myself and at my friends is most freeing. If you want to contribute to your leaders life, make them laugh or give them room to laugh with you and at you.
Whatever your personality type I hope you fit into one of these categories of people your Pastor needs. Just like everyone he needs people to help him also.
For more info about These 5 types of people you can check out Humanlikeyou.org.
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