Four Elements Important to New Life Church

Equip, Empower, Encourage

There are three things I see as a Pastor I must do.
Equip – that is arm those I shepherd with the necessary tools, knowledge and revelation they need to serve God successfully and find their place in the Body of Christ.

Empower — To release them and allow them to discover what God has called them to do. This also allows folks to see what works and what doesn’t. That means I desire to allow people the freedom to work and serve within the range of their gifting, desire, and leading. That also means that I must delegate some things to allow people to grow and flourish even failing sometimes. As a pastor I cannot be a micro-manager of peoples lives and callings. I have seen that happen in others but thank God I’ve always had great pastors who have allowed me to grow, saw gifting’s in me and allowed me to discover them and learn to flow in them. If I did miss it they would gently help nudge me back on the road. Equipping people is not enough, they must be released once equipped.

Encourage — as a pastor it is my privilege to encourage people in what God has called them to do. Not only within the confines of Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights, but in their daily lives. I always encourage God’s people to take out the gospel and know they are anointed for EVERYDAY! I always try to do my best to be an example of the believers.

As pastors I believe we need to see the gold in the people God sends our way. We are servants. We are to bring out the treasure that is hidden in that earthly vessel we teach, train and feed. It takes equipping (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It takes empowering and we need to release God’s people into the place of God’s calling. It takes encouraging them that they have what it takes and are “complete in Him” to fulfill God’s calling.

And I will add one more — we need to emulate the example of Christ before them. This is an ongoing progression because whether we like it or not each of us are still in the midst of our own sanctification and still followers also of Jesus Christ. We need to be able to say “Follow me AS I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1)

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