A Message to Young Pastors
Dr. Himie Pickett
Someone asked me what is the best advice I could give a fledgling (young and undeveloped) pastor. I thought about how quintessential prayer, Bible study, and holiness are, but I was led to say “Serving your pastor.”
The answer was met with shock. The person responded “really?”” Oh yes…really!!! The principle is: The pastorate is just a higher level of service. We often think of pastors serving the saints they lead, but I found that as a new and young pastor, I was able to serve my pastor in a greater capacity.
This short essay is about how a young pastor can pastor (minister to) his or her pastor.
Exodus 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. 10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
Point Number One: Moses was able able to rely on young pastor Joshua to choose men who would fight. Moses was too preoccupied to choose fighters so he delegated the task to young pastor Joshua. Notice, Joshua not only chose men to fight, but he fought himself.
Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
Point Number Two: After the battle with Amalek, God spoke to Moses and told Moses to speak to Joshua. You see, afterJoshua was faithful in battle, he was in a position to receive further revelation about the will of God. You can’t receive new revelation if you have not been faithful to your pastor’s previous assignments given to you. Fight for your pastor!!!
Exodus 32:17 When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting below them, he exclaimed to Moses, “It sounds as if there is a war in the camp!” 18 But Moses replied, “No, it’s neither a cry of victory nor a cry of defeat. It is the sound of a celebration.”
Point Number Three: Joshua was able to receive correction. Joshua thought he heard the sound of war, but Moses corrected him and said that it was the sound
of celebration. Your pastor will help you hear correctly. However, you have to stay humble to do so.
Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
Point Number Four: Moses would meet with God in a tent face to face, and Joshua would be there. NEVER, let an opportunity go by to worship the Lord with your pastor. When your pastor finishes praying and worshipping, you are to remain in prayer and pray for your pastor. Bask in the after glow.
Numbers 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. 9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
Point Number Five: Have your pastor’s vision and share your pastor’s vision. Moses new that Israel could and would pocess the Promised Land although there were giants in the land, and Joshua confirmed it. Joshua actually went into the land Moses told him about. See what your pastor sees and communicate the vision. Get this, go where your pastor hasn’t.
Numbers 27:18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;
19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall
ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. 22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: 23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.
Point Number Six: Allow your pastor to promote you to your next level. God will tell your pastor the time for the laying on of hands and when to confirm your next level. Glory!!!
Joshua 1:1 After the death of Moses the LORD’s servant, the LORD spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, 2 “Now that my servant Moses is dead, you must lead my people across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. 3 I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Everywhere you go, you will be on land I have given you.
Point Number Seven: When the appointed time comes for your pastor to depart, you will be fully equipped to assume the mantle and to take the ministry further and into its Promised Land. You will know how to hear the voice of God. Moses did not take Israel into the Promised Land, but Joshua did as he heard the voice of God.
Young pastor, never under estimate the power of mentorship. Never under estimate the privilege and benefits of serving your pastor.
If you are a young pastor without a pastor, please pray that Holy Spirit will send you one.