Youth Pastor, Do You Love Your Church?

Youth Pastor, Do You Love Your Church?

Youth Pastor, Do You Love Your Church?

I hear some pastors and staff and volunteers talk sometimes, and from what I hear there are some serving in churches and they don’t love the church? Youth pastor, do you love your church? To me that would be like working at War Mart and hating Wal Mart. I would be miserable and that misery would show in my job performance.

I’m working through 1 Thessalonians and this morning I read this:
9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Paul is expressing how important it is for the church to love the church. For those of us that sit in that chair or pew week after week to truly love the church God has placed us in. Not just as members but also as leaders and staff and volunteers. If I love my church the results will show in how I do my job in the church whether I’m a volunteer or if I’m on staff.

My thoughts then turned to chapter 13 of First Corinthians. I read the chapter with my church in mind. The pastor or teacher can teach and preach with great eloquence but if the pastor or teacher doesn’t love the church it’s just a bunch of noise. It is like the old Charlie Brown cartoon when the teacher is speaking “wha wha wha wha.” What you and I do in ministry amounts to absolutely nothing without love. If we give and sacrifice in ministry but don’t have love we have gained zero.

Love must be the motivational force behind what we do in ministry and serving. If love isn’t there we are just spinning our wheels. We are accomplishing nothing for the Kingdom of God.

Love is a powerful motivator. When I fell in love with my wife, Misha, over 30 years ago, I was motivated to do whatever I could just to spend time with her. I wanted to be around her. That love motivated me to decide to spend the rest of my life with her when she asked me to marry her. Just kidding! I did the asking. Love motivated and still motivates the commitment. How does love for your church motivate your commitment in serving?

Love should motivate me to be at my best as I serve in the church. If I’m a volunteer I should be serving and giving my best. Why? We are serving Christ and love doesn’t allow us to give our leftovers. We give our best.

In my next post I’m going to unpack “Love is patient” in relation to serving in the church.

This article originally appeared here.

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Andy Lawrenson
Andy Lawrenson is the student and ministry teams pastor at Nags Head Church in North Carolina. Andy has been in student ministry for 25 years as both a volunteer and a paid staff member. Andy and his wife, Misha, have been married for 28 years and have three children: a son in middle school and twin eight-year-olds, a boy and girl.

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