by Steve Wagers

It Still Works!
Steve N. Wagers
II Timothy 4: 1-5
Pastor's Conference
October 14, 2003

1. I recently came across a church's list of qualifications in seeking a new pastor. The list was given the title, "The Ideal Pastor." It read:
* He preaches only 20 minutes, but thoroughly expounds the Word.
* He condemns sin, but never hurts anyone's feelings.
* He works from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., doing every type work, from preaching in the pulpit to janitor work.
* He makes $200 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, also.
* 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 spend all his time with the 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.

2. It reminds me of a man who visited a church for the first time. The pastor of the church had a reputation for being rather longwinded, but that day his sermon was reduced to only 10 minutes. He explained to the church that his dog had eaten his sermon. After the service, the visitor asked the pastor, "Does your dog have any pups? I'd like to give one to my preacher!"

3. I don't believe that any one of your fellow pastors would argue with the fact that we are pastoring in very difficult days. In fact, we are facing issues today that have never been faced before. We are living, and ministering in what many theologians have called, 'the postmodern era." It means th ...

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