This post at Gospel Coalition Africa is framed in terms and situations familiar with that continent, but which translate everywhere as Daniel Gachuki exhorts pastors to set their aspirations in Christ-like terms, rather than for worldly gain.

Here’s one of his points:

We Are Servants, Not Superintendents
The Bible unashamedly calls gospel preachers servants. Paul often identifies himself as a slave of Christ. Service is an irreducible minimum of pastoral work. Our Lord “did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).
Our people don’t exist to serve us – we are their servants.
Even when forced on us, we are not to relish titles such as ‘Major’ or ‘Papa’. Being called by our names doesn’t take away from our calling. Our main calling is service, not supervision. This is reason enough for us to not demand special treatment or even titles. Our Lord Jesus Christ was a lowly man. Should we be autocratic lords? Our people don’t exist to serve us – we are their servants.

Read the other points in his post here.

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