Churches should be able to band together, but first pastors must be able to partner together.
Two by Two
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not meant to be spread by only one person. Luke 10:1 reads, “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.”
Many pastors need to move past their hero complex and realize that Jesus is the hero and they are not.
Many pastors need to realize that spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ is not supposed to be a one-man show. This mentality needs to be broken. Sadly, until this mentality is broken, pastors will not be able to work together.
Thankfully and by the grace of God, there are pastors who do recognize this and are willing to seek pastoral unity and church partnership.
Three Keys to Pastoral Unity
- A desire for pastoral unity. As stated previously, without a desire for uniting with other pastors, there will be no pastoral unity.
- Prayer for pastoral unity. Satan and his legion want to keep churches and pastors divided. Spiritual warfare will be present if unity is being sought.
- Consistency of meetings. Whether it is once a month or once a week, it needs to be consistent. It does not always need to be the same place or same thing, but it needs to be the same pastors; and hopefully some more each time.
Ideas for Creating Pastoral Unity
- Weekly or monthly meal gathering.
- Weekly or monthly coffee shop gathering.
- Attending pastoral training conferences together.
- Weekly or monthly community prayer meetings.
- Pastor and spouse double, triple, and quadruple dates.
- Pastor and spouse small groups.
- Joint sermon series.
- Collaborative outreach event.
- Serving together at a food pantry or other ministry.
- Playing basketball or another sport weekly or monthly.
This list is in no way exhaustive, but does offer a few ideas that a group of pastors who are desiring pastoral and church unity can begin with.
A Final Reminder
Ephesians 2:19 reads, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
Pastors, the other pastors in your community are not the competition or the enemy, but they are part of the household of God.
Therefore, let us seek pastoral unity to the glory of God! Let us unite as a family and see our communities transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.