How to tell the difference between a good shepherd and a bad one
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about their faith in the past year.
There was the story of the man who decided to pray for the elderly woman who had passed away.
There were the stories of people who prayed for the man they had recently lost, and for their mother.
But one thing I didn’t hear about is how the church chooses which people they choose to lead them.
I’ve been lucky enough to live in one of the biggest congregations of evangelicals in America.
I know what it feels like to hear people speak in tongues, to witness the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to be a part of the first congregational Christian church in America in my community.
We are a small, close-knit group, with a great sense of community.
But the church is still not as welcoming to newcomers.
For instance, I recently heard a sermon that asked people to pray with the church in a small room in the back of the church.
The pastor asked everyone to join in, but some of us weren’t sure what we were supposed to do.
So, the church invited us to come up to the front of the room, and we sat in a circle.
We didn’t know how long it would take us to pray, so we didn’t say anything.
We waited for about two minutes, and then the pastor asked if anyone had any questions.
After that, he told us to go upstairs.
And we did.
The church has a large altar and a large room, so everyone was seated at the altar.
The room was packed.
It was warm, the music was loud, and it was quiet.
And then we heard the pastor say, “Go on.”
We were the first people to come upstairs.
When I started preaching in the church, it was different.
There weren’t a lot people around.
People were quiet.
We had our own space, and there was a lot more room.
But over the years, as I became more involved, I began to realize that my church wasn’t as welcoming as I had thought it would be.
I was surprised by how often people asked if they could pray with us, and when they did, it wasn’t always respectful.
Sometimes people would say, ‘Can I pray with you?’ or ‘You can pray with me, but I’m not allowed to pray here.’
And it was very awkward.
I began feeling like I had to talk to them to get them to understand that we weren’t the same as the people who worshiped there.
But then I realized that I had a lot to learn.
The way I started to work with people in the congregational ministry was to encourage them to be welcoming to everyone, but also to work through the differences between what people were expecting of a pastor, and what they were actually getting from the minister.
My approach to leadership has been different than what other pastors are doing, because I believe that the church should be a welcoming place, and I believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.
But in the context of my ministry, there have been some difficult moments.
I have a strong sense of accountability to the church for my actions.
But I’ve also learned that there is a lot that I can do to make the church more welcoming to those who are different from me.
It’s important to me that people know that I love them.
I’m also learning that the Bible teaches that we all have the potential to be perfect.
So if you’re not perfect, then you’re still a part the Church of Jesus Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
To learn more about the faith of my congregational congregation, I have the following books: The Power of God: The Story of the Apostles by Gordon B. Hinckley The Essential Guide to the Bible by Gordon L. Anderson The Power Of Prayer: The Wisdom of the Word by Elder Neal A. Maxwell A Faith That Changes Everything by Elder D. Todd Christofferson For more information, visit www.latter-days-saved.com.