Helps For A Youth Pastor -- By: Gordon H. Lovik

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 18:1 (Spring 1975)
Article: Helps For A Youth Pastor
Author: Gordon H. Lovik


Helps For A Youth Pastor

Gordon H. Lovik

Registrar, Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis

An Analysis And Correction Of Point 8, Page 26 In The Winter 1974 Central Bible Quarterly

Point 8:“The Youth Pastor should never make enemies among the church members, because they will never again be his friends.”

First Loyalty

The ordination to the Gospel ministry is the same for the youth pastor as any pastor by which he is obligated to have his first loyalty, not to the church members he may be serving, but his first loyalty is to his Lord and Savior. I Peter 2:7–8, “Unto you therefore which believe He is precious but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner. And a stone of stumbling,

a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”

Church Members

Among church members, some may be rebellious. Psalm 78:8, “A stubborn and rebellious generation.” I Samuel 15:23, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.” Some church members are carnal. I Corinthians 3:1, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” I Corinthians 3:3, “For ye are yet carnal, for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men.” Some church members are worldly and refuse to honor the priorities that God has plainly declared. Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” These will be offended by a leader who stands for separation. Other church members are unsaved, which is easily proven by their confessions and rebaptisms every year.

Bible Enemies Defined

Our Lord in Matthew 5:10–11 described the treatment our enemies will give us: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” NOTE: The cause of this persecution from enemies is not because of the Word of God, but it is for “righteousness sake,” and Jesus said, “for my sake.” You may have t...

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