Day Two – Breakouts
Pastor John Chinelly on the Ministry of the Assisting Pastor
I’ve written about Pastor John in previous posts. John has been a mentor and father-figure in my ministry development for over twelve years.
He gave a great presentation of the ministry of the assisting pastor in a breakout session during the Calvary Chapel SE Pastors’ Conference held at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale.
Pastor John put together a ten page handout that I’m sure he’d send you if you email him: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll just hit on some the points that underlined in my notes.
Only the Lord calls and exalts men into ministry! Today the Church of Jesus Christ has too many man-appointed opposed to God-anointed leaders.
One of the measures of true spiritual maturity is the length of time a person will wait before being recognized for a ministry position.
A man of God does not need to declare his abilities to other people. Others will be able to see them clearly by themselves. (1 Tim. 4:11-16).
Every leader must be satisfied with being only that which God intended him to be. (Eph. 2:10)
John gave us a couple of self-evaluation inventories. The first inventory was a list of attributes related to a “called” man of God. The second was headed “driven people.” I identified qualities on both lists. I hope in a few years I’ll have less on the “driven” list and more on the “called”.
John reminded us of Saul whose life in leadership went in the wrong direction. He went from “called” and moved backwards to “driven”. This is good example to be familiar with but not to follow. (Proverbs 16:2)
The final assessment given was taken from 1 Timothy 3, Titus, and 1 Peter 2:5.
John concluded with his job description and schedule. The man is a machine. He’s definitely an Über Christ Follower.