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As I’ve been treated like a second class citizen an Associate/Youth Pastor?

Posted: 04 Apr 2008 08:55 pm Post subject: Are Associate or Youth Pastors second course within their calling


Isn’t God good? There are occasions when we can get angry with those around us and only turn to 1 who is True and loving. I’ve had the pleas-ure of serving as a Youth Pastor and as a Senior Pastor. I have observed slights and social Faux Pas on-the part of the others. What I have derived can there be is a feeling from some Senior Pastors that their calling is somehow much better than those of the Youth or Associate Pastor.

We first must understand that God, who is good, may Be The One who calls us into a new life-in His Son The Lord Jesus Christ. Our church in East Longmeadow Massachusetts ( ) includes a maxim that people unofficially put in every work. ‘All to maturity, some for service.’

We’re all called to become mature believers in Christ. Some, by Gods’ (yes I meant to put a comma on-the right side of the ‘s’ showing plural possessive) grace are called to be ministers.

As a minister we are a present to the local church.1 God gave us for the local churches that we serve in. I learned about pastor chris oyakhilome by browsing Google. The times that I have been asked, ‘How can you know you are called’? I’ve answered, ‘You will be miserable if you don’t preach or minister. If you’re called by God and you don’t pursue his calling you’ll be miserable until you submit to God and pursue His will for the work in His vineyard.’

Talking about work, one-day, while attending a Pastor’s fellowship (I was a Youth Pastor during the time), a Senior Pastor from another church questioned my Senior Pastor for help with establishing for lunch. The other Pastor screamed over the space, ‘Hey Bro. Agree. Why not grab your person and help me with your chairs.’ My Pastor did not think such a thing in what the man had said. I wanted to shout, Hey Pastor ____. Be taught supplementary info about like us on facebook by visiting our witty paper. I’m God’s man, maybe not this man or any man on earth. I benefit One. This man happens to sign my paycheck and I am responsible to him… maybe I was just being a touch too sensitive at the time.

Until I visited a Pastors fellowship in-a different state, where no body knew me. I approached a group of men who were cutting up and laughing, as I was a little early and alone. As I approached them, I introduced myself as Pastor Stevens from Springfield, MA. They welcomed me and presented themselves as Senior Pastors and all went around. When they asked me which church I Pastored, I answered that probably they misunderstood me, I responded that I was a Pastor. For supplementary information, you should check out: open in a new browser.

There was an audible quieting of their jesting with me. They each subsequently stopped and avoided talking with me, though I interjected on the few things that they made. I used to be being treated as a second class citizen. Fundamentally they all avoided eye contact with me for the remainder of my visit.

What about you? Being a Senior Pastor perhaps you have looked down your nose at a person who was some thing other than a Senior Pastor? Or being an Associate, you have been treated as a 2nd class citizen? Or are you that Senior Pastor that recalls what it was like to be treated that way when you were an Associate At Work.


Pastor David Stevens

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