SUPPORTING THE MINISTRY

Supporting the Ministry - A Strong Foundation.

When I pray, at the top of my list of those that I pray for are those in Leadership positions within the Church, they are in critical positions. Constantly the recipient of energies and forces that would attempt to do their best to defeat their Ministry. Ministers basically are always on. They must be powerful examples of Faith in their daily words and deeds. These dynamic individuals often are the Light Bearers of their Spiritual Community. They work tirelessly for the good of all concerned. At least that is what you see when you meet and greet them in real time scenarios. But the reality is this, Ministers get tired too! Contemporary Artist Billy Joel wrote a song "You're Only Human." Ministers are only human. If they have not been getting enough rest, relaxation, or time off for good behavior. They can potentially become ineffective in their Ministry. It may seem on the surface that all is well, but their hard work deserves restoration of their spiritual connection.
 

I offer this Scripture from the Sacred Texts:

The Amalekites Defeated

Exodus 17:8-15

17) 8The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands."
10So, Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
11As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him for him to sit on. Aaron and Hur then held Moses hands up -- one on one side, one on the other -- so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13And this allowed Joshua to keep going and overcome the Amalekite army with the sword.
14Then the Lord said to Moses, "Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven." 15Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. he said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord. The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation."

Some historians believe that the Amalekites were descendants of Northern Africa. Which would explain why they went to war with Israel. They were relatives of the Egyptians. The conflict with the Amalekites was not long after Israel had escaped the bondage of Egypt, and according to the Bible; Pharaoh's Army was wiped out. It is indicated therefore that the Amalekites were loyal to Egypt. The metaphor here is that the destructive forces of the Amalekites who were loyal to Egypt's Pharaoh, were coming to break down the Spiritual Community of Israel. They had wished to put the people of Israel back into a place of Spiritual Bondage. Rephidim, which is the location that this battle took place. Is known as the place of murmuring, and contentious bickering. Prior to the battle with the Amalekites, it is there that the Israelites went against Moses and let him know that they believed he had led them there to die. We must avoid murmuring against the Men and Women of God who are our Leaders. Bickering with one another solves very few problems within the Church. Men and Women of God should always do their best to reason together and come to a balanced understanding. Moses had gone into Prayer when the Israelites were murmuring and pickering for answers, and God revealed to him to strike the rock with his staff. Which in turn, water sprang forth and turned into a steady stream for the people of Israel who were thirsty. It fed the people both physically and spiritually. Joshua's name in Hebrew is Yehoshua, which translates to God (Yaweh) is our salvation. The name Jesus, is a modern translation of the same name. Joshua is an archetype for the warrior aspects of the Messiah who does Spiritual Battles for the people. Aaron was of the Priest clan, and Hur a laymen friend of Moses. Rephidim was also where the Manna fell from Heaven. God is always our source of Spiritual Sustenance. 

The forces of darkness came against Israel. Moses stood on a high hill to intercede for Israel. God gave strength to Joshua and other Men to defeat the enemies of Israel. Our Pastors and Ministers stand on a hill, They hold their hands up and pray for the congregation of the Saints of God. They intercede and ask for the Christ to do their battles. Through prayer, and Ritual. They wield powerful tools in Prayerful consideration. But even Pastors and Ministers get tired. Aaron and Hur ran over to Moses and put a rock for him to sit on. That word is a very specific word in Hebrew culture. The word in Hebrew is Samekh, which translates to mean prop or support. The Samekh was often used as a cornerstone in building a strong foundation for a house. So a Priest, who was Aaron and a Laymen who was Hur, ran over to their Spiritual Leader and gave him strong support and encouragement. The Pastor or Minister is the Shepherd of their flock, the Congregation of the Church. Both of them, Aaron and Hur; Priest and Laymen worked together, to support Moses. They held his arms up high, one on each side of him. Giving Moses the Spiritual strength needed to defeat the dark forces that were coming against the Spiritual Community of Israel. 

One thing to take notice in this passage. It was not only Moses, Aaron, Hur, or even Joshua doing all the work, there were many others of their community involved and accomplishing the task at hand. All who are joined in the Body of Christ are valid and important, from the Pastor, on down to the laymen doing the work of the Ministry or healing the wounded in those Spiritual battles.

 

When they had won this battle, Moses was instructed to write this victory down for future generations. The Lord is our Banner, Jehovah Nissi. It is a powerful statement. It is one of victory for the congregation. When the members of the Church lift the arms of their Pastor or Minister in support. Then the whole entire congregation wins. It becomes a testimony to the abilities of a Church that Prays together and stays together. It is a Standard of Love, kindness, justice, mercy, and being centered. Again a Standard is a banner, or flag that is waved high over the place of victory!

Concluding Exhortations

Hebrews 13:17-18

13) 17Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.
Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.

There are many Churches that adopt cult like demands, using this text in Hebrews to justify their supreme leadership over the Congregation of the Church. A true leader understands the danger of this and leads their Church in the Spirit of Love and compassionate understanding of the needs of the Congregation. Men and Women of God need to learn to be more forgiving of one another. We must demonstrate a benevolence to ourselves, and to others. To be very gentle within and toward all concerned.

I implore everyone in addition to praying for your Pastor or Minister, that all of us do our best to work out differences with other members of the Church. Don't hold onto bitter grudges or engage in gossip and triangulation efforts to manipulate the Church to become what one feels would make it a better place. That isn't the Church Member's job. The Church does not belong to any of us, nor does it belong to the Pastor or the Minister, it is God's House. Always keep that in mind so that we never lose sight of reverence for such a Holy place or an Anointed calling such as the Pastor or Minister.

It is always imperative that all involved do their best to work things out with one another. The Pastor is the Church’s leader. It is not their job to be the fixer. It is their job to help educate and provoke the Congregation to have a deeper relationship with God and with one another. To understand that each person can work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. In other words. to overcome their own fleshly problematic desires, and to obtain a mature level of Spirituality. Tamping down the desires of the Ego. To walk the walk. It is a deep message, one that is so incredibly simple. But a powerful tool for the righteous. Make the burdens on the Pastor or Minister far less, by focusing on finding solutions to problems as much as we can; on our own. If, however, individuals are not able to negotiate those waters and find their own answers, then of course seek the counsel of the Pastor or Minister. I never get involved with what I call Church Politics, The bickering and feuds among some within the Church. It is an energy that can drain individual levels of spirituality severely. Murmuring and Bickering within the Church Community, solves nothing. It only creates divisions and deep levels of separation from one another.

Another way to lift the arms of A Church Leader, is to give to the Church. Tithes and Offerings is a very important aspect of Ministry. If a person has the ability to give, then one should give. I leave this part up to the individual to discover the benefits of Tithing to a Church. In my opinion, Tithes should always be given to any institution that supplies individual spiritual needs through its teachings and Ministries. I encourage all to give a portion of one's time, talents, and treasure to the Spiritual Communities that serve them. I recommend reading the Book of Acts to further understand this concept.

When attending Church, be it in a physical place or a Virtual one, always prepare the heart before entering the sacred moment of the Service. This will allow for the Spiritual Leader to be able to teach better, providing both the recipient and the leadership much sustenance and nourishment. Always remember when doing church that personal desires for a specific thing in Worship, are not the desires of everyone present. A Pastor or Minister is looking at the big picture. Church isn't about what we as individuals want; it is about Service to God. The Pastor is always doing his or her best to bring balance for the good of the entire Congregation. Keep these pitfalls in check, learn to find a lesson in every direction the Minister is delivering; to all that are present.

Individuals can participate with the Church Leader too. How? By praying without ceasing for their leadership. Lifting up their arms every day in prayerful support. Always remember to respect the Spiritual Leader, don’t tell them what they should have, could have, would have done. Collaborate with the Ministry, rather than being divisive or adversarial. Encourage this Leader to take time off, as well as give the Leader time off. Restrain the self from contacting them on their days off. The Clergy needs rest too. Pray for their continued growth and knowledge. So that they in turn can share that wealth of wisdom with the Members of the Congregation. Always push the self to participate in Church functions, don't leave it up to others to do. It is my own personal experience that quite often, only around twenty percent of the Congregation volunteer for things that need to be done. Sadly, it is the same individuals who again and again are the ones volunteering, while eighty percent are doing very little to help the Church’s Ministry. That Twenty percent, often burns out and leaves the Church.

It is not up to the Pastor or Minister to enable Church growth. Quite often it is the members sitting in the pews, that stifle the Church’s growth. They like things to be done a specific way, and are resistant to change. This becomes stale worship over time, be open to new ideas that A Pastor, or Minister presents to the Congregation. If we all practice this, we may just find that it is quite enjoyable. In a Church I belong to, we used to use binders for the contemporary service, and hymnals for the more traditional Service. As technology became cheaper and more affordable, the Church became less resistant to change and installed two television screens on the backside of the pulpit for the words to the songs. Over time the Church learned that it was easier for them to worship using tv screens, because they no longer had their heads buried in books. What this did in turn, was allow the Church members to sing louder and more from their heart space. The newer technology also brought in new and younger members into the fold. That in itself lifted spirits and created a tremendous amount of energy during Worship Services on Sunday mornings. The result was a more balanced Congregation, with very few empty seats. Quite often during services that fall on Religious Holidays there is standing room only, because of the Church’s willingness to grow and provide a method that works for most concerned.

I invite those that hear my words; to be a Samekh for the Pastor or Minister, a sturdy support that does not cave in, a strong cornerstone that they can rely on. When I was the lead Audio Video Tech person for Unity of Madison Church, Reverend Judy said to me; "You are the glue that holds the services together, I know that I can always count on you to be there for me. I never have to second guess it." Be the glue that holds the church together, not the dissolving factor. Be that person that can always be relied upon by the Pastor or Minister. In addition to praying for them constantly, together we will have held the leadership's arms up so high. That no opposing force can defeat them, or the Church.

Finally Beloved: I love you, I bless you, I appreciate you, and I behold the Christ in you! Amen.


Further Reading:

The Name Amalekites In The Bible

Amalek And Spiritual Warfare

Rephidim On Wikipedia

Moses On Wikipedia

Staff Of Moses

Joshua On Wikipedia

Aaron On Wikipedia

Hur On Wikipedia

The Lord Is My Banner

Jehovah Nissi - The Lord Is My Banner

5 Prayers For Your Pastor - Why It Is So Vital To Do So

Financial Support For Full Time Ministry Workers

How To Avoid Conflict In Ministry

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You're Only Human (Second Wind) - Billy Joel

Scripture In The Sacred Texts:

Exodus 17:8-15

Hebrews 13:17-19

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Document Created On April 13, 2020 By AJ White-Wolf

Document Edited, Updated, And Revised On April 23, 2020 By Ghost Writer

Document Edited, and Updated On April 23, 2020 By AJ White-Wolf

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