Weekly Student Encouragement
By: Nathan Berry
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Get Real... Get Practical!

If there is one of the fivefold ministry that I would give the name "the doer" to, it would definitely be the pastor. My wife and I were talking yesterday about the Pastor Teacher School and she was saying to me, "We really need to get in people's faces and be more practical."

When she said that, I responded, "Exactly! We should call our school, 'The Doing School', because this is truly what it is like to be a pastor."

As a pastor, you are called to get into the trenches with God's people, to get into their space, in a very practical way. I mean, if you don't think so... listen to what James (the pastor of all pastors) in the Word says here:

James 2:15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Leaders, if we are going to reach God's people, we have to get practical! There are many prophets out there encouraging with many WORDS, and many evangelists out there saving the lost and imparting fire to the church, there are even teachers out there giving principles to live by, and apostles giving structures to follow.

Yet, we need the pastors to go to the next level! We need the pastors to take the principles and break them down in a way where people see change in their lives. We need the pastors to take the structure and say, "Give me your schedule of things to do, at work, home, and in ministry. Alright now... let me SHOW you how to live this structure out in your every day life with all that you have on your plate."

It is not enough to say, "I have faith for God to come through for you. I know He will give you food to eat and clothes to wear. I know he will help you to find that job that you have been struggling to get."

You are a pastor. It is time to get involved. Let the other fivefold ministers play their part and you play yours.

Go and get that man some food. Take that young lady out and help her pick out some clothes. Even if you cannot afford to help pay for them, help her to find the right image that God wants for her. Look at that man's resume for work. Is he not getting a job because he is not presenting himself well?

Yes, it may be a spiritual problem sometimes, however, we have a lot of very practical problems in the Church as well. Not everyone needs to just pray and get a job. Sometimes you need to say, "You do not know how to fill out an application. No wonder you have no job. Come, my brother, let me help you. You are going to get a job now. This is how you do it."

Pastors, I am calling you to responsibility. If you are in this school right now, God wants you to get your hands dirty. He wants you to get involved in the lives of His people. You are going to see victory in the Church when you put ACTIONS to your faith. You are going to see miracles as you step out and say, "Let me physically put my hand in what you are going through and work beside you and see you through."

Let's step out pastors. Show faith by your WORKS. It's time to be used as the hands of God and carry the sheep to their promised land!

Love and Blessings,

Nathan Berry
AMI Pastor Teacher School Principal
Apostolic Movement International

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