Appreciate your pastor
    August 23 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    Before coming to serve at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina I served a number of years as a pastor. My years as a pastor were some of the greatest in my life. The Lord taught me what it means to really study the Scriptures and what it means to really love people and serve people.

    However, as I learned and as many of you can surely understand, being a pastor was one of the most challenging experiences of my life. A great sense of responsibility comes when you are given the task to correctly divide the Word of God and to shepherd God’s children.

    The demands on a pastor are great. A recent article that came out in The New York Times talks about how more and more pastors are facing the problem of burnout.

    A researcher at Duke University commented in the article that one pastor he met had not taken a vacation in 18 years. Why? The researcher said it is because pastors and clergy, “tend to be driven by a sense of a duty to God to answer every call for help from anybody, and they are virtually called upon all the time, 24/7.”

    Having had the tremendous privilege and blessing of meeting many of our North Carolina Baptist pastors, I know they are indeed called upon 24/7 and, because of their servant hearts, try to do whatever they can to help those in the congregation or community. The task can be overwhelming, and I am not surprised to read that pastors are trying to figure out how to balance all that life demands.

    Maintaining balance is very important for a pastor. Your staff at the Baptist State Convention understands this, and they want to help pastors in our state achieve balance in all areas of their lives. To do this, we have hosted a one-day event called “Church Health Institutes” all across the state. The next one coming up is on Sept. 9.

    During these events pastors work through a framework called the “Well-Lived Minister’s Life” when they evaluate their health in various areas, such as spiritual vitality, marriage, family and setting boundaries. I encourage you to attend one of these institutes and let God refresh and re-energize your life and ministry.

    Pastor Appreciation Month is just around the corner. Please take some time during the month of October to let your pastor know you are grateful for his faithfulness to the calling God placed on his life. Healthy churches begin with healthy, godly leaders. Thank your pastor for leading your church to be a body of believers focused on Kingdom work. Thank your pastor for doing all the many different things he does in order to care and to serve.

    To our North Carolina Baptist pastors, you have my sincere thanks. 

    “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.”
    — 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
    8/23/2010 7:43:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments




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