The pastor's position is one of God's delegated authority. In the Old Testament and in the New, God appointed leaders to lead his people according to God's direction and vision. Over the years, people have invented their own standards for the pastor.
After hundreds of fruitless years, a model minister has been found to suit everyone, according to Darrell Robinson in ``Total Church Life.'' It is guaranteed that he will please all the people in any church.
He preaches only 20 minutes, but thoroughly expounds the word.
He condemns sin, but never hurts anyone's feelings.
He works from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., doing every type work from preaching in the pulpit to janitor work.
He makes $100 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books regularly, has a nice family, drives a nice car and gives $50 a week to the church.
He stands ready to give to any good cause.
His family is completely model in deportment, dress and attitude.
He is 26 years old and has been preaching for 30 years.
He is tall, short, thin, heavyset, handsome, has one brown eye and one blue eye, hair parted in the middle, left side - dark and straight, right side - blond and wavy.
He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all his time with older people.
He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work.
He makes 15 calls a day on church members, spends all his time evangelizing the unchurched and is never out of the office.
On second thought, maybe we should return to God's job description that pastors should stand with integrity before God, his word and his people.
Jimmie Stringer is pastor at First Baptist Church on Twin Lakes.