I recently had a conversation with a ministry friend via Twitter in regards to platform and audience. We talked about how pastors want a large platform but how the danger of this is the more balls in the air the less you are to focus on what really matters – your church body. I have seen a trend in the past few years (and maybe it’s been there for a while but I’m just now becoming more aware) that many pastors seem to have more and more things going at once.
There are more blogs, more podcasts, more books, more conferences/seminars, more articles than there ever has been. These are all great things but often times I have seen that pastors have to have 2 or 3 things going at a time outside of their regular church ministry duties, and I’m wondering and worried that we have come to a point where a pastor’s church and community is no longer enough for that person. If your platform was just your church, would you be happy and satisfied?
God has called you to be the shepherd of a specific local church, a local flock. Your responsibility and duty is to shepherd them well towards Christ in all that you do. 1 Peter 2-3 says, “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” Why is it that more and more pastors today are not satisfied with just this? They want to find more outlets. And please don’t hear me as accusatory. I’m no different. I’m writing on a blog right now for goodness sake! I’m asking this more of myself but also for the pastors out there today.
I want to encourage all pastors and ministry works strongly to put your God-given responsibilities first and give those you shepherd your first fruits and best efforts in Kingdom work. Blogs, podcasts, books, articles, etc. are all great things that can edify and sanctify the body of Christ, but they shouldn’t get the focus or attention from your flock or family in any given week. We have been called to shepherd the flock of God that is among us. Don’t fall into the trap of needing more outlets, more things to do to busy ourselves. People don’t need And One type pastors that just add things on. They need pastors willing to drop everything and shepherd them in gospel love.
Two great resources to consider to help you focus on your church and family to shepherd them well: