PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬-‭18‬ ‭‬‬

“Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.”

Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬-‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Many in the modern church suggest that the church worker be less of an admonisher and more a cruise director. To admonish is to give directive counseling. It is to say you should or shouldn’t do something, when approached with a question or problem. It is to know someone so intimately that your advice is not casual but meaningful and that it provides a signpost upon there journey. It is not a service to the body alone. It is also a calling, and as such, it comes with a cost. In today’s culture, it could be said that by Paul giving directive admonishment, he is shaming those who don’t adhere to the strict ways of Christ. They might say that he is also adding guilt feelings to his clients by mixing their success with his emotions. Yet Paul does just this. He bases his own feeling of joy on their adherence to Christ. It is not clinical pastoral leadership. Perhaps culturally repugnant, it is biblically sound for leaders to have a stake in there congregants success. We are to be more like parents who rejoice at our children’s successes and weep at their failures. We are to be like parents who spend long nights wondering how to love their children better and losing sleep over their futures, in deep prayer and supplication. This love is right to be expressed. Pastoral care shouldn’t be clinical. When children see how much their parents care, it is a motivator toward making choices that are good for their future and is a model for everything from good parenting to good partnership, as they grow older. Pastors need to be more transparent about their struggles, concerns and hopes for those they care for.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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