10.29.14

Working Together For Your Joy

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What is the Pastor & People Podcast?

Pastor & People is a weekly podcast hosted by The Front Porch. Its aim is to encourage pastors and the people in their charge to work together for the faith and joy of their church. One of the top reasons men give for leaving the ministry is that their people won’t follow the vision they believe God has given them. And one of the main complaints of average church members is that their pastor doesn’t care about them or is too busy for them.

Pastoral ministry is a lot like a marriage. It takes two parties working hard to communicate, pursue common goals, and loving one another to make it work. Pastor & People wants to live at that intersection where shepherds and sheep meet, where so much good is either achieved or lost depending on how the two interact.

Our vision comes from , where the apostle Paul reminds the Corinthians that he and the Corinthians are working together for the church’s joy and their firm stance in the faith.

Why another podcast?

Well, there are certainly some good podcasts already available. The brothers at RAAN do a wonderful job addressing a wide variety of issues on “Pass the Mic.” H.B. Charles offers some insights and useful resources for preachers at “On Preaching.” The wider evangelical world gets treated to excellent commentary at Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s podcast.

But I can’t think of another podcast solely dedicated to helping pastors shepherd and helping sheep follow. If there is another text that rings in my ears as I think about Pastor & People it’s —“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

When we put together with , we see that pastors work together with the people for their joy, and the people honor their pastors for the pastor’s joy. There’s to be this mutual wonder and gladness that happens as each gives itself to the other for this mutual happiness in Christ.

Really, the local church should be the happiest place in the world—because pastor and people are actively working together for one another’s joy. We hope we can play an encouraging role in that niche.

What can people expect in the future?

If the Lord tarries, we hope to deliver high-quality, useful reflections in roughly 20-minute segments. Each month we will focus on a theme and each week of the month explore that theme as it relates to both the pastor and his people.

So, for example, November’s theme is “You Need More than a Church: You Need a Shepherd.” We want to begin with some basic but vital reflection on what a shepherd is, what a shepherd does, and how that makes a difference for the sheep. Today, men in the pastorate use a lot of titles for themselves—motivational speaker, visionary, entrepreneur and so on. Shepherd seems so out of date and boring. But our Lord was a shepherd—the Chief Shepherd—and nothing could be more noble than to understand that metaphor and follow in His steps.

In December we hope to focus on “Making Disciples.” Again, we want to focus on the part the congregation plays in disciple-making and the part the pastor plays. I’m looking forward to this because (a) disciple-making is the real mission of the church and (b) Lord willing, we’ll be discussing some important mistakes to avoid on both sides.

We have themes and topics planned for almost the entirety of 2015. With God’s blessing it should be a great year!

Resources highlighted on this podcast:

The music for this podcast is entitled, “Acid Rain,” which is an instrumental produced and edited by Dalmond Bodden, who also helps produce this podcast.

24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. (ESV)

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (ESV)

24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. (ESV)

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. (ESV)

Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor of Anacostia River Church (Washington DC). He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of two daughters and one son. Holler at him on Twitter: @ThabitiAnyabwil

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