Brian Dodd on 13 Signs of a Church Anyone Would Want to Pastor

This past weekend, Dr. Johnny Hunt preached his final “official” sermon at senior pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock (GA).  There will be more from this service in future posts but I was especially touched by First Lady Janet’s address to the congregation prior to Pastor Johnny’s message.

As I listened to this Godly lady thank the congregation for 33 years of love shown to her, her husband, their children, and now grandchildren, I developed a picture of the type of church anyone would want to pastor.  All of the following comments are from Miss Janet.

  1. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Is Determined By The Quality Of Its People – “You, the congregation, make this a wonderful church, one that any pastor would be honored to minister with.”
  2. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Is Always Welcoming And Glad To See You – “This is not a ‘Farewell Address’ but a ‘Thank You Address.’  Thank you that in December 1986 you welcomed me, not knowing me but treating me like family.”
  3. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Loves You For Who You Are – “You have allowed me to grow with you and be my crazy self”
  4. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Does Not Put You In A Place Of Discomfort – “and not put me in a place of discomfort
  5. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Treats You And Your Family With Honor And Respect – “but always treating me with honor and respect.”
  6. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Supports Your Dreams – “All of our years of Ladies Night out, 17 years, you supported that dream.”
  7. A Church Anyone Would Want To Pastor Helps You Raise Your Children – “You’ve watched my children grow… You’ve helped them develop into the wonderful young ladies they are today.”

Click here to read more.
Source: Church Leaders