We do -get it!-
    December 21 2011 by Anonymous

    In response to the editorial, “Pastors, do we get it?” (BR, Nov. 26) as a pastor in North Carolina, at first I was angered and frustrated by this question. Every pastor I personally know does “get it!” We emphasize missions and encourage participation in missions, and we lead by example toward fulfilling the Great Commission. As far as being “ensnared by routine church life” as a root of the problem addressed in the editorial, that is far from the case. Yes, it is easy to become almost overburdened with caring for the needs of a congregation, especially when there is a tendency for “inward” thinking among the congregation. But, to think that this is why some pastors “don’t get it” is not fair.
    Some congregants reply to mission pleas with, “Why should I be concerned about people ‘over there’ when there are so many needs here?” It is as if the peoples “over there” are a plague upon the earth. I recall what David Platt mentioned in Radical, and realize that I have faced those kinds of remarks. I know more than one pastor whose job security has been threatened because of his emphasis of “missions.”
    What is the problem? It comes down to a change of heart through Jesus. Without that, it does not matter how much emphasis a pastor places upon fulfilling the Great Commission, it will not happen. I have led the church I pastor to increase its Cooperative Program giving significantly, but motivating them to increase the giving to specific missions offerings has been like pulling teeth at times. It took several years to motivate church participation in a mission trip to another area of the U.S. Am I discouraged? Yes! Do I stop? Emphatically, NO!
    We do “get it,” and I pray every day that others will as well!
    Name withheld

    12/21/2011 2:42:01 PM by Anonymous | with 0 comments

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