This week we saw yet another mega-church pastor resign. In the past year there has been a wave of large church pastors resigning as a result of moral, emotional and spiritual issues. This is deeply saddening and these men, their families, and churches need our prayers.
So what happened? They all loved God and wanted to see people find Jesus. No pastor or church leader sets out to self-destruct and train wreck their family or church. Yet, it seems to be happening at an alarming rate. So, what can a pastor or church leader do to ensure they stay healthy and finish strong? This is a question I have been asking God and this morning a verse leaped off the page and the Holy Spirit began to speak to me.
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:24 NLT
Barnabas was a strong leader and the church grew under his leadership. We find three traits in the life of Barnabas that ensure we finish strong. These traits are not exclusive to pastors and church leaders. These traits apply to all of us. No matter who you are or what you do these traits will ensure you finish strong.
- He was a good man. It’s about character. I must first and foremost be a person of character, integrity, and honor.
- He was full of the Holy Spirit. I must submit my life fully to God. Whatever He asks me to do I must do and whatever He asks me to change I must change.
- He was strong in faith. I must persevere and keep moving. I must stay strong and believe for the impossible despite what I see or face.
If we do those three things our churches will grow and we will grow and finish strong.