April 2006: Pastor Pete

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1. Matters that Matter

2. Would you lend a hand?

3. Profound & Pithy

4. A Special one-off Feature - Helping us/Helping you

5. Donna's Corner

6. Dean & Dan are looking for you in Chico


1. Matters that Matter - Pastor Pete
I actually know a guy that just about everyone calls Pastor Pete. He's a wiry-looking dude who works in construction. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. You just have to hang around Pete a bit to know that he's a natural pastor, there's just something about him that says that he cares about you - and about anyone he encounters. He's the sort of guy who is warm and welcoming and whom you could comfortably approach with just about any problem you might have; and you'd know that he would never reject you or judge you, but would listen carefully and then offer you good advice, or reassurance or just an arm around your shoulders. You'd love to be part of a church where he's a pastor. Pastoring is his gift from God.

Take your pastor (and don't let me hear anyone saying, "YOU take him!") I often say that pastors of churches have the second toughest job in the world. What's the toughest job? (Read on.)

Almost all church leaders are called 'Pastor.' This is grossly unfair to most of them, according to Ephesians 4:11. That's where we read about what's called the 'five-fold ministry' in the body of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote about these five saying, "And He gave SOME as apostles, and SOME as prophets, and SOME as evangelists, and SOME as pastors and teachers." (My CAPS, as below).

Who-all comprises the sum of the SOME? Answer: You, me and everybody else in the church (look at verse 7 where Paul says, ". . . to EACH ONE OF US grace was given according to the measure of God's gift.") That means that each one of us is given at least one of the five ministry gifts to exercise in the church.

So, according to my simple mind and elementary mathematics, only about one in five of us is given a pastoral ministry gift. Yet we almost always call the leader of a church, "Pastor," even though his principle gifting may be as an evangelist or teacher or something else. I know the leader of a very large and thriving church who, before he accepted the position, made it clear that he must take 30 hours a week to study and be in the Word. He would leave hospital visitation and other pastoral work of the church, to those gifted for that. That church is led by a teacher - one of the best.

I hope this helps you see the leader of your church for who God has made him to be. Don't let the 'Pastor-label' lead you to judge him because he's not the warm and fuzzy type of person you expect him to be. He may be all fire-and-brimstone, or perhaps he's only interested in winning souls for the Kingdom. Try to discern how it is that God made him.

And finally, let's turn it all around. Since you too, have been gifted in one or more of the five ministry gifts, what are your 'ministry eye glasses' through which you view your Pastor - and maybe judge him? And are you doing your share in the church "to equip the saints for the work of service"? (Eph 4:12) We can't leave all to the leader.

Oh yes, so what's the toughest job in the world? I think it's to be a Pastor's wife. (And dear reader, forgive me for appearing to be so gender-biased by referring to Pastors in the masculine. I understand that just as many women as men have the pastoral ministry gift. Maybe more.)

Some matters really matter. Till next time,

Peter


2. HELP! Would you lend a hand?
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3. Profound & Pithy
If your church needs a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has
Why do some people keep changing churches? What difference does it make which one you stay home from?
Are your church members Standing on the Promises or just Sitting in the Premises?
And finally: Best mathematical equation ever - 1 Cross + 3 nails = 4 given.


4. Helping us serve you better
During the past year, I have been communicating with YWAM's International Communications people who are praying and weighing the possibility of continuing some form of our printed inTouch Magazine (which ceased publication a year ago). Would you pray for them? And then take about five minutes to respond to a survey that they have designed to help us determine how you - and thousands of other YWAM Associates - feel about this and other questions?

Bryan Bishop, of Int'l Communications writes. . . In recent years God has spoken to YWAM leaders about our responsibility to serve and equip those who have served in our mission and moved on to other things. In order to do that, we have created a survey that will help us be more effective.

Please click on the following link to take this survey.
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=619411845948 (If the link doesn't work, copy and paste it into your browser)

It takes about five minutes to complete. All participants will receive a free gift, courtesy of YWAM International Communications Network and you will not receive any unsolicited mail.

Thank you,
Bryan Bishop & Cristin Farley, YWAM Research and Information


5. Donna's Corner

The vision of YWAM Associates International, which Peter and I pioneered 18 years ago, has always been to encourage you to fulfill your destiny - to succeed in the call of God which is on your life. A YWAM associate is anyone who has given to the mission. . .
-by giving years of your life, or
-by offering your gifting, or
-by sending a young person from your church, or
-by supporting and praying for a family member or friend.

YWAM Associates has been - and still is - a ministry of expressing thanks, encouragement, blessing and gratefulness to all who have sacrificially served. We have seen that this has brought reconciliation, restoration and revelation; we see your value as an individual, which is one of YWAM's foundational values.

As we have walked this walk we have observed that 'little foxes' often destroy destiny, eating away at our love for God and each other (Song of Songs 2:15).

Did you know that termites do more damage than hurricanes and tornadoes? They are like little foxes. Here are some of the 'little foxes' I’ve noticed - they may have been in your vineyard or mine - and they can destroy destinies.

UNFORGIVENESS & BITTERNESS

Yes I can say I have forgiven, but I can still be waiting for that person to come and say they are sorry. That is not forgiveness and it will surely lead to bitterness. Often the offending person doesn’t even realize the hurt they have caused and they will not be coming to you anytime soon; so we have to let it go. Offences will come and we must take them to the cross right away, and then leave them there.

All of us sustain wounds from arrows that have been shot at us through words. (Psalm 11). We must identify each word that was on each arrow, remove it and replace it with truth. The truth will set us free (John 8:31-32 & 36). Please believe the truth that the Word speaks. We are His heirs and we must be led by His Spirit (Rom 8:14-18); and we must live by His Spirit (Gal 5:16-26).

FEAR OF MAN (Proverbs 29:25)

This kind of fear is caring more about what people think than what God thinks. Let's be God-seekers and not man-pleasers. I usually ask God, "What do you think; or, how do you feel about this situation?" He is so faithful to give me understanding.

Include Him in every area of your life. He cares and He will daily carry your burdens if you let Him (Psalm 81:6; 68:19).

I’m sure you and I can identify other little foxes in our lives, so let's get rid of them all.

Keep your eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:1-3); and finish the race well (2Tim 4:7-8).

I love you,

Donna


6. inTouch Renewal Gatherings for 2006
Last chance for a week with Dean, Dan, Donna & David!

June 4-10, Springs of Living Water, Chico, CA
Presenting the 3Ds - Dean Sherman, Dan Sneed, Donna Jordan. . .
plus one more - David Demian.**

**David Demian is Director of Watchmen for the Nations, a movement within the church of Canada - and beyond - whose vision is to welcome and establish the presence of God, to foster healing and reconciliation between people groups in Canada and then to take that healing to the nations. Visit http://www.watchmen.org       

Peter & Donna Jordan will be your hosts and JoEllyn Wright will lead worship.
For further information on rates and registration, please contact Laurie Jordan at
laurie@ywamassociates.com     

For Europe's inTouch Renewal Gatherings there are several choices for you - Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and France. For info go to
http://intouchcamps.com     

Finally, September 6-10, in Batam, Indonesia (near Singapore) with David Demian
(Watchmen for the Nations), along with Peter & Donna Jordan;
Contact Lin at singaporeintouch@yahoo.com.sg     

And while we're in the neighborhood... pray about forming a team and going to...
Go Festival Asia - June 11-16 in Singapore with opportunities for outreach almost anywhere in Asia immediately after Go Fest - duration 1 - 4 weeks, according to team's availability. http://www.gofestasia.com/    

Until next time, I'll leave you with this. . .
 
True visionaries see backward as well as forward.
Or, as an old Maori saying puts it, walk into the future backwards.

Peter Jordan