Appreciate our small-town pastors

To the Editor,

Around the country, various churches will be honoring their ministers and spiritual leaders through programs, retreats, conferences, and spiritual gatherings. As each person begins to reflect on these appreciation methods that are being utilized, it makes you wonder about the value in doing some of these appreciation ventures.

As October appreciation programs begin to develop, we need to stop and ask ourselves. What are the unique qualities that make you appreciate your pastor? Some of the questions are: Is he or she called by God to be His representative in leading a local body of believers in living a Christ-centered life? Is he committed? Does he understand the value of developing lay leaders? Does he have a true vision for the church? Is the vision a positive one? Does the vision include involvement with other ministers? Does his vision seek out other veteran, seasoned and young ministers to assist and support their ministries? Does the ministry assist the poor, the distressed and the needy?

The reasons for these questions are due to a new reality show that is showing how some clergy in another state, are being shown as the “Bible, Bling, and Bentleys.” These are the mega ministers. Where does their wealth come from? Why do they need four and five branches of the same church? Why is it necessary to have their own plane? When are they in town to minister to their hometown flock?

Thank goodness for the small-town ministers. As you look around town, you will find many of the ministers, even though the churches may not have a lot of worshipers, they do have jobs, along with a full-time ministry.

They do what God has called them to do. I applaud the people of Weirton that elect to celebrate their pastors. As I close, I tried my best to think of a minister in town where the congregation gave the minister, lots of bling, and of course, let’s not forget the Bentley or even a well-deserved raise in pay. Enough said. Ministers of Weirton, continue to have the vision to remain involved in the lives of others without the bling, and the Bentleys.

Clemmie Payton-Frierson