The Value of Friendship among Ministers
Church Care  2008-10-31
Every time we read through the New Testament, we realize that Jesus created a friendship with His 12 disciples. He encouraged them to be friends as well as fellow ministers. This is a biblical concept that is fundamental, but difficult to achieve in reality. We hear so many sermons in our churches that we should be brothers and sisters in the lord, but also fiends, but we often fail to create true and lasting friendships… Instead, we use our friendships with people for our personal gain, which is very sad.

But I have always wanted for us – the leaders/ pastors of the Stara Zagora region, to be together as one and to serve the Lord in harmony, which can only be achieved if we create strong friendships with each other. Not long after I returned from my ministry trip to the United States, I was invited to have a time of worship and fellowship with the pastors of the Stara Zagora region. The meeting was held in Sliven and many pastors and leaders participated. I was given the opportunity to share from the Word of God and to encourage the people to rely on each other as real friends. Then we prayed for the sick and gave thanks to our heavenly Father. Of course, after the service Pastor Sasho had prepared a wonderful meal for the pastors and we had an additional time of sharing and fun.

As regional leader I can see how through our friendships and mutual support we all grow and mature in our walk with the Lord and in the ministry. I can see how the pastors have gone to a new spiritual level, where they have learned to trust each other and to lift each other up. I am certain that this is very important for the building up of the Kingdom of God in Bulgaria. This is what makes us strong when we have to face adversities and challenges.

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