Better Than I Deserve
1/18/13 at 03:15 PM 15 Comments

Would You Hire This Pastor?

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Jack Wellman, 2013

I have sat on several pulpit committees and had the difficult decisions of selecting a pastor for the church I once attended before going into the ministry myself. Many times this was the most difficult choice we ever had to make. Consider this as an example to see whether you would hire this man as a pastor or not. Here are his credentials.

This man had been in prison frequently. He has even started riots in a city. He has been in frequent troubles with the local authorities. He has frequent health issues. He was not accepted and not trusted by most of the Christians at first and many were even afraid of him. He was believed to have mental health issues by the local authorities. He has been accused of being an insurrectionist by the local leaders. He was accused of being the leader of a cult or sect. Everywhere he went, he seemed to cause problems. Once he even quoted a world philosopher in trying to witness about Christ. He was teaching doctrines that were contrary to the religious leaders of the day.

I look at my own background of drug abuse, prison life, thievery, and a life that I would not ever brag about and am amazed that God could ever use someone like me. I was a convicted felon and I lied, stole, drank, did about any drug that I could get my hands on. What a train wreck! If I was on the pulpit committee that was interviewing me, I would recommend that I would not even be interviewed, not to mention ever being hired as a pastor of a church. I say “hired” in a qualified manner because this church I presently have a pastorate at is a blue-collar church and has little money and so I have to work to support myself.

Thankfully, God uses unqualified people to preach the gospel because the power is in the message and never in the messenger. God is no respecter of persons. He looks at the heart and not the exterior. I told the church before they hired me about all my sins prior to putting my trust in Christ. I didn’t hold anything back. I was completely transparent and openly honest about all that I did. Even so, they still wanted me and it still amazes me that they could use someone like me to be their pastor. What amazing grace they showed me; a man who didn’t deserve it. But, maybe that’s the point. God has a biblical track record of choosing the least likely to do the next-to-impossible so that He alone is glorified and people have to say, “This had to be of God.”

Now, back to our pastoral search results for trying to find a man after God’s own heart. As I mentioned before, this man would seem the least qualified to be a pastor, not to mention an evangelist, with his sordid background. So what about it? Would you hire this man? Let’s review his resume:

This man had been in prison frequently (Acts 16:37, Acts 24:7).
He has started more than one riot in a city (Acts 19:28).
He has been in frequent troubles with the local authorities (Acts 24).
He has frequent health issues (2 Cor 12:7).
He was not accepted and not trusted by most of the Christians early on and many were even afraid of him (Acts 9:26).
He was believed to have mental health issues by the local authorities (Acts 26:24).
He has been accused as being an insurrectionist by the local leaders (Acts 24:5).
He has been accused of being a leader of a cult or sect (Acts 24:5).
Everywhere he went, he seemed to cause problem and once he even quoted a world philosopher in trying to witness about Christ (Acts 17:28).
He was teaching doctrines that were contrary to the religious leaders of the day (Acts 24:5).

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is the Apostle Paul. If he was applying for a pastorate at a local church, I am certain that he would not be accepted. It is no surprise then that Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16a, “For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved.” Fortunately, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam 16:7b). I am most thankful to God for that because honestly, I wouldn’t recommend myself as a pastor.

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Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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