First Baptist Church in Warren, Indiana will soon transition to their new, permanent pastor. October 23 was my last message to the congregation. I shared with them the following points, but I believe they are applicable for any congregation. The points are better understood if you listen to the message that is available here.
You should expect his personal spiritual development be his highest priority.
Luke 6:39-40 (ESV) – He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
You should expect his family always comes before you and your family.
You should expect him to “rightly divide the Word of truth”.
2 Timothy 2:15-17a (ESV) – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.
You should expect him to spend time those who do not know Jesus.
Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
You should expect him to equip you for effective, fruitful, Spirit-led ministry.
Ephesians 4:11-14 (ESV) – And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
3 expectations you should NOT have for your new pastor
You should not expect him to maintain the current state of the church.
Proverbs 29:18 (ESV) – Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
You should not expect him to be involved in everything at FBC.
Acts 6:1-4 (ESV) – Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
You should not expect your emergency to become his emergency.