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Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Pastor's Anniversary!

The Pastor’s Anniversary is the starting date of a pastor’s relationship with a local congregation....It remains a unique moment in the life of a congregation because of the historic role of the pastor in the black church....So, today, the old black church celebrate pastors everywhere who:
  1. Stand in the lineage of those who affirmed our humanity amidst the oppression of slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow;
  2. Serve congregations faithfully regardless of the size of the church;
  3. Can endure the storms of ministry because they know God controls the Church;
  4. Guide congregations toward opportunities for green pastures and away from danger;
  5. Serve willingly and not for self-gratification or gain;
  6. Though not perfect, serve the Chief Shepherd with dedication, discipline and humility.  Source here!
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  1. Hello Ann,

    This post compelled me to tell a little story. I love my pastor, he is all the things you listed. He's been the pastor of our church for about 4 years, but unfortnately, he seems to be under constant attack by some of the "old guard".

    At his 3 year aniversary we had a big formal type banquet, complete with catered food, music, speeches and testimony. This year it was toned down, and unfortunately I missed it. Well, that hurt me( that I had to miss it). So that next week I stood up in church and gave my own words of appreciation. And of course, since I am seldom lost for words, I think I was on the floor for about 10 minutes. I don't know what other folks thought but personally, I had to stand up and tell him and the church how much I loved him for all the reasons on your list. It's very difficult being a preacher while living by the word. Being a "preacher" is one thing, but being a pastor is a daunting task, that's not made for the weak or faithless.

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  2. Amen to those hard working pastors!

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  3. @Carey, what did your pastor say afterward? I think most pastor's would love to be acknowledge for their hard work.

    @Anna i agee!

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  4. Hello Ann,

    This post compelled me to tell a little story. I love my pastor, he is all the things you listed. He's been the pastor of our church for about 4 years, but unfortnately, he seems to be under constant attack by some of the "old guard".

    At his 3 year aniversary we had a big formal type banquet, complete with catered food, music, speeches and testimony. This year it was toned down, and unfortunately I missed it. Well, that hurt me( that I had to miss it). So that next week I stood up in church and gave my own words of appreciation. And of course, since I am seldom lost for words, I think I was on the floor for about 10 minutes. I don't know what other folks thought but personally, I had to stand up and tell him and the church how much I loved him for all the reasons on your list. It's very difficult being a preacher while living by the word. Being a "preacher" is one thing, but being a pastor is a daunting task, that's not made for the weak or faithless.

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