Becoming an influential pastor today in American culture has practically become a competitive sport. I’ve seen first hand the backdoor race between evangelists trying to out rank each others ministries for the most salvations. Ministries have even resorted to photoshopping crowds to portray a greater impact.
With that in mind, we sat down with Pastor Marcus Rogers. While he has a clear influence on social media, he emboldens other leaders to take their pastoral role seriously. “Your job of a pastor is not there to be about you. You’re there to serve, and you are there to build up the people,” he says in the Charisma magazine interview.
There is a strange odor of jealous banter permeating the church walls. To go back to the basics of Christianity, this whole thing is about one person. His name is Jesus Christ, and He is the son of God.
“Every pastor has to realize they are going to have to give an account to God at the end. It’s very serious. Everybody wants to run around and be a minister and be in charge. You know, Moses, his relationship with God was completely different than that of the children of Israel. He made one mistake striking the rock and it was serious. Israel made mistake, after mistake, and God dealt with them differently,” Rogers says.
When you walk into in church service on a Sunday morning, there are a plethora of people completely and utterly broken. They are turning to the church for help in their time of need, yet some aren’t finding it. The fluffy curated messages need to be tossed out. Rogers implores other pastors to get into the secret place with God. People’s lives depend on it.
“Take your job seriously and go to the secret place and ask God what He wants you to speak to the people,” Rogers says.
Tune in to our full interview to hear practical steps to sharing Jesus with those around you. We are living in turbulent times and people need the message of hope contained within you. Step out, be bold, and watch what God will do.
Shelby Bowen is an assistant editor for Charisma Media.