The Brotherhood – Part 29

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Can your pastor count on you?

One of the most effective ways to demonstrate my loyalty to God and my church is to be the kind of man my pastor can count on. I know firsthand that the challenges pastors face can be exhausting and overwhelming, physically and emotionally speaking. Every pastor needs men he can count on as he directs the activity of ministry in a community.

He needs to count on men who are faithful. I realize that schedules are demanding and priorities abound, but men who prioritize worship with their families provide crucial encouragement for a pastor. It’s not about attendance records, but about Godly leaders. In my experience as a pastor, I noticed that men who faithfully attended worship services were far more likely to lead their families well. Those men created a climate that was healthy for their families, the church, and even the pastor. Men who dropped the ball in this area often created more work for the pastor as he would be needed to help these families in other areas as well.

He needs to count on men who are supportive. Pastors are easy to criticize, at least they seem to be since they are often criticized. Men who stand with their pastor provide an emotional strength that leads to greater spiritual strength. There were guys I knew I could count on as a pastor, guys who “had my back” and were determined to show their support in ways that really made a difference for me.

He needs to count on men who are helpful. Leading a church requires a lot of hands on deck. There are ministry tasks that men are best suited for and their leadership efforts become an amazing strength to the church. I’m grateful for every woman who steps up and provides needed ministry help and leadership, but men who lead with compassion, commitment, and humility prove priceless to a pastor and to the ministry of the church.

So let me encourage you to be that guy. Be the man your pastor needs you to be and watch how God will bless your life for it. The commitment of loyalty to God and your church will make you stronger every day.


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