Do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry”, 2 Timothy 4:5.
How are you intentionally building relationships with non-believers? Can you readily name non-believing friends you are burdened for? I think one of the greatest dangers for the pastor is losing touch with the world and to isolate themselves in a Christian bubble. This is easy to do. I love my study. I can get lost in here digging, researching, preparing for my next sermon or speaking engagement, planning out the church calendar, and dealing with church people. It’s easy to end up in a place where you have no meaningful relationships with those who are apart from Christ.
It seems the further we disconnect with the nonbelieving world the harder time we have proclaiming the Gospel in a relevant manner. Let me clarify this point. I believe the gospel is relevant. I actually abstain from worldly activities more than the average pastor–I don’t have cable, I don’t drink, I rarely go to the movies, etc, etc. That being said, I find it critical to be out establishing relationships and engaging people who are not a part of the church. Failing to do so ultimately diminish your sharpness, passion, and zeal as the Lord uses you to engage a lost world. Your teaching will become dry.
Since I have been the pastor of Valley Baptist Church, I have been very convicted that it is paramount for me to be involved in the community. Whether it’s Kiwanis, the local cemetery board, or serving as a law enforcement chaplain I have been compelled to be out amongst the nonbelieving world. As I have done this, I have established genuine friendships. I have been questioned about my faith. I have been called to help in crisis. I have seen God work through me and it is exciting! These events shape my preaching and pastoring in a good way.
God has not called us to be taskmasters telling the people what to do, but to lead with our lives and to teach out of the outflow. As you engage with people who are not Christians, you are reminded