While that takes minimal effort, I believe it is not protecting and caring for our pastors and churches as we seek to “shepherd” those God has entrusted to our care, as much as it depends on us. I am reminded of Paul’s statement in 2 Cor. 11:28, “Not to mention other things, there is the daily pressure on me; my concern for all the churches.” (CSB)
I have seen the Lord really minister to a preacher who had not preached in a while. I have also seen a church be greatly ministered to by the “right” preacher at the “right” time.
This process is not that time consuming, but I believe it honors the Lord and assists churches and pastors/preachers more than the typical way of handling pulpit supply.
Do you have another way that has served you and your churches well? If so, I would like to hear it.
To the praise of His glory,
Quotable Quote: Strategy trumps intention every time. Carey Nieuwhof’s blog, 12.29.17