Pastoral vocation and duties has to do with the biblical teachings , pastoral cares and other responsibilities of shepherding the flock of God entrusted into the cares of a pastor which is meant to be carried out diligently and uncompromisingly by a pastor.Occasionally we hear about pastors who’s ministries crash and burn before fulfillment. Often, these are the results or foolish or immoral choices.
There are, however all the mishaps perhaps no less destructive but likely more widespread that never get reported. Pastors who have slowed down, retired on job or stop growing. They deliver previously delivered summons lifelessly. They live off the glow of the supernatural passion of their youths.
They have stopped dreaming dreams. They dream only when they push the replay button on their memory file. Their ministry, families and churches gradually become diseased.
A pastor once attended a retirement banquet for a man who served as a pastor and as an educator. When the litany of his professional accomplishments was read, the speaker noted that most of them occurred after he turned fifty.
In fact, during a “toast” portion of the program, someone mentioned that it appeared as though he had coasted until mid-life.
“During my first 25 professional years, “the honorees said in response to his toast, “I was just gaining momentum”.
He later used a car racing analogy to describe his life. Retirement is not the checkered flag indicateing the race is over; instead it is the time when I can lighten my load to travel faster. I am not retiring in order to cease working but so that I can focus attention on my real Passion of teaching, writing and preaching “(Fenton 9).
The following questions will be necessary if this discourse will be translated into a practical lifestyle for us ministers:
1. Is there any evidence that I am disengaging spirituality or emotionally from ministry? how
2. Have I seriously thought about leaving the ministry in the last 3 years? if so what issues Triggered the thoughts ?
3. In one sentence how would I describe the next chapter of my ministry?
4. Do I truly believe my most effective years are ahead of me?
To be continued