Jeff Tunnell here, filling in for Joel Comiskey, who is ministering in Uzbekistan.
Proverbs 27:17 states â€œIron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another. (NRSV)
Coaching another cell pastor for the last couple of years has produced a growing relationship of great value. Dan and I live in different states, so we talk each week on the telephone. We set it up for 30-minute coaching, but I find myself taking advantage of my friend by keeping him on the call a little longer because he is â€˜sharpening meâ€™ as the proverb states.
Dan has sharpened my wits and become a friend. Our journey in transitioning an existing church to cell-based has given us a lasting bond and camaraderie that is healthy and refreshing. Pastors could use more encouragement because of their constant hard work to advance the Kingdom of God. Cell church pastors often travel a lonely road filled with potholes of misunderstanding that come from the very people they are leading.
Here’s a recommendation for you: find another pastor to keep an appointment with, commit to a once-per-week call and pray for one another as you lead your cell church. Enjoy the synergy that comes from the Holy Spirit in your midst. Bear one anotherâ€™s burdens and celebrate the victories too. If you are an international reader of this blog, consider a program like Skype to connect with someone youâ€™ve come to know from a conference or even here on the blog. Even MSN Messenger type programs could provide a â€œreal-timeâ€ connection for dialogue and encouragement.
Another way of saying â€œiron sharpens ironâ€ is this: â€œConversation promotes intelligence, which the face exhibits.â€
How have you found this to be beneficial? How long have you had someone to talk with concerning your cell church journey? Are you searching for this type of connection?