The pastor is the head spiritual leader in the church. In too many churches the pastors are burdened with the every-day issues of the church. The 80/20 rule states that 80% of the work in the church is done by 20% of the people. In many churches, this is a 90/10 rule. This was never meant to be.
Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. "Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:1-4, NASB)
The twelve sought people who were full of the spirit and of wisdom to deal with the everyday issues of the church. Why? Dealing with other people takes grace and wisdom. Those mundane tasks in the church have spiritual significance. And most importantly these tasks are not to be done by the pastor. His spiritual job is to devote himself to prayer, and the ministry of the word. In other words, the pastor serves spiritual food. Serving physical food is the responsibility of others.
We all should support the pastor by supporting the church.
Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. (Exodus 17:8-13, NASB)
The pastor has the spiritual responsibility for the entire church. Some are called to uphold the pastor just as Aaron and Hur upheld Moses’ hands. Some are called to lead such as Joshua. And some are called as faithful soldiers to do the work of the church. We are all called to help with the work of the church. Where is God calling you?
Whether you are a soldier, or Joshua, or Aaron or Hur, you must do your part. Churches don’t run themselves. And when too few people sign up to help, either things don’t get done, or they fall on the same overworked leaders or the pastor. And the entire church suffers.
So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
When God’s church is functioning as it should, there is great victory. When the pastor has the support he needs to focus on prayer and the ministry of the word, people get fed spiritually and the church thrives. We all have different gifts and abilities. One thing church leaders absolutely love to hear from members is “how can I help?”
How will you help? It’s your church. Whether it succeeds or fails depends on church members like you. Do your part in leading your church to victory.