Lead Pastor Michael J. Paris

 

A child of God, Husband of Sue, Father, Grandfather, Pastor and friend.  Pastor Mike longs to lead men and women to live like they are God’s most treasured possession and grow in their faith all for the Glory of Him who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

 

Hey Church –
 
    We are an increasingly consumer culture. We hire people to do everything from laundry/dry cleaning to garbage
pick-up. We prefer to eat out instead of cooking at home. We want others to serve us well, quickly and cheerfully.
But then COVID hit. The service industry came to a screeching halt and we were forced to consider – can I do more
for myself? can I make do with less? can I survive on my own?
   The church has become more consumeristic too! We hire pastors and leaders to come serve us and do the work of
the ministry as a paid professional. Yet Scripture makes it really clear that the pastor-teacher is given “ to equip his
people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in
the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
(Eph 4:12-13)
    That doesn’t mean that pastors and leaders are the bosses and never have to work. That means that pastors and
leaders are lead workers. They are fellow-laborers and partners in the work of the gospel and ministry. If we rely
solely on the gifts and abilities of our leaders, the church will only grow as big as its leadership team can handle.
We must fight against doing for someone what they can do for themselves. Part of “being a servant-leader”
means that we must disciple others to do for themselves.
    We joke pejoratively about 30 year-olds still living in in their parent’s basement. We say this child has never grown
up! Some of this dysfunction may be the responsibility of the adult child. But is there a part of this dysfunction
that is on the parents? Have we ever trained our children how to thrive on their own? Or have we made them into
consumers because it makes us feel needed?
    Likewise in the church, we need to launch our teens in ministry! We need to help our 30 year members to start
doing ministry for themselves and begin contributing to the family. We need to engage everyone in some aspect
of service. A healthy church is one that serves its congregation by training, equipping, coaching and launching
disciples into serving ministry.
    Do you have a place to minister? Are you serving as often (or even more often) than you are being served? This is
the way of the Master, Jesus. He said to his followers: “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must
be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mrk 10:44-45) Would others describe your
service in the church as sacrificial or selfish? Would your interaction with your church family be considered
consumeristic, all take and no give? Could people mistake you for Jesus because of the “giving of life” you are
doing through acts of service?
    We want to encourage those who are not serving at FBC@A to start. We want to encourage those who are serving
at FBC@A to keep going. We want to help those who are doing too many ministries to share the load with others.
We want everyone to be involved in serving others both inside and outside the walls of the building. We want to
minister in a Christ-centered, Spirit-controlled, community-connected way in this current season and time. May
Christ be pleased by our careful and compassionate ministry to people around us. For His glory, let’s serve others!
 
Blessings, Pastor Mike @ pastormike33@yahoo.com, 607.220.9911, 38 Genesee St, Attica NY 14011