Exodus 18:18 “You and the people who come to you will soon be worn out. The job is too much for one person; you can’t do it alone.”
Every pastor – especially in smaller churches with one or two staff members – should have this verse posted in a very prominent place in their church offices. I don’t care what a church board might say or imply, ministering to others is not a one-person job. The community of faith is done a disservice when it’s encouraged to believe that the real ministry of the community is done by the paid professional. It’s damaging to the leader’s family. It’s damaging to the leader’s health. It’s damaging to the members of the community of faith. I don’t know why this One Person Does All The Ministry model was ever established and I definitely don’t understand why we allow it to continue.
Then, a few readings later today, Jesus says this:
Matthew 23:8 But none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters.9 Don’t call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven.10 None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader.11 Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others.
Again, why do we still encourage the “One Person Does All The Ministry Because He’s (or She’s) The One That’s Been Formally Trained” model of church leadership? I just don’t get it.
On a side note, Proverbs 6:27-35 is some sound advice, indeed.