Podcast: How to Serve Without a Title

Do you have to be a pastor before you are truly able to serve God? Do you have to be a staff member of a church in a paid position? What if you don’t have an official “title” at your church? Listen to God’s Word from Colossians 3 to see how you can serve God by doing whatever work God has given you to do in whatever location He has placed you. You can glorify God by being an artist, construction worker, landscaper, teacher, custodian, waiter, or any number of jobs. In the end, what matters isn’t so much what you do, it is how you do it: with love, forgiveness, humility, and thanksgiving.


I’m No Reverend


adjective rev·er·end \ˈrev-rənd, ˈre-və-; ˈre-vərnd\

Definition of reverend

  1. 1:  worthy of reverence :  revered

As far as I can remember, I’ve only used the title Reverend of myself one time. It was at a funeral home visitation and that was how I signed my name in the guest book: Rev. Eric Douglas.

I’ve not done it since and I don’t plan to ever do it again. You see, I’m no reverend. There is nothing about me that is worthy to be revered. And that’s ok with me.

Pastors or other ministers who prefer this title of Reverend may have never stopped to consider its origins. Pastor or minister seem to have biblical warrant for their usage though not necessarily as titles. Both are descriptions for the function or action one has in his work among the church.

Ephesians 4:11 gives the only genuine usage of pastor in all the Bible. Here, it is not a title but a job description, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.”

Minister isn’t used nearly as much as one would expect. However, Paul does use it a few times such as in Ephesians 3:7, “…of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.” Yet when we realize that minister simply means servant, we understand that there is no honor of distinction in being called one. To function as a minister is simply to do and live as any Christian should; serving Christ and His church. (more…)

Get Rid of Your Vision for the Church


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Get rid of your vision for the church you pastor. You don’t need it. If you have one, repent.

I can hear the sound of hipster glasses being thrown across the room in protest. Pastors are frantically flipping the pages of their Bibles to make sure Proverbs 29:18 is still there. Pastoral libraries are being checked to ensure that the church growth section still outnumbers their other books 4 to 1. How can a pastor lead without having a vision?

After all, vision is the be all and end all of pastoral leadership in many pastor’s minds. It is the hallmark of a great pastor. Its presence is viewed as the evidence that a pastor has bounced back from burnout. And if you are part of the 80% of pastors who struggle in this area, you just need to resign. Either get a vision or get out.

But I want to offer a different and hopefully biblical perspective. Don’t let the majority position of, “either get a vision or get out” scare you, Pastor. The position that should be held is, “If you do have your own vision for the church, repent.” Get rid of it. You don’t need it. (more…)