One of the contributors raised an important question that ministers, teachers and workers should ask themselves. After having read the comment I had to ask myself is this a fair and legitimate observation? After some real self contemplation I struggled with trying to understand why this contributor might feel this way.
Do ministers in Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventist have a perception problem with members?
Certainly, ministers are recycled as they are moved from one district to another. As they leave their church to another one minister leaves behind people who have formed negative and positive opinions about them. This evaluation is recycled each time they are moved. We conclude with this observation that certain, formed perception (negative or positive) are shared with friends and relatives that are members of our great Conference. Over a period of time, if the minister remains in the SWRC long enough, his, her perception bank is either in overdraft, in the process of overdraft, or as real positive currency. Ministers who have a short tenure probably have positive currency provided that they didn’t leave under questionable or difficult circumstances. Ministers, who have never matriculated in the SWRC, but have positive exposure through media, good sermonic presentation and visibility at religious gatherings would have a high positive currency rating because they have never interacted with members around the conference.
Just like in the real world, high visibility, for many people suggest success. Therefore, their negative qualities are seldom known and overlooked. It follows, that members are willing to overlook qualifications for elected offices for high visibility. They assume they are ready for service (which cannot always be the case).
I conclude that all ministers who are pastors are recycled and reused. If they have not reinvented their ministry over time their ideas, politics, thinking, sermons, and more are recycled. However, a true servant of God has no issue with being reused by Jesus. Paul has written in Romans and elsewhere…“we should be glad to be called slaves.”(Paraphrased)