It seems that in the current church environment there are rivalries between ministers. It seems unfortunate but some ministers write up, spread rumors, and engage in defamation of other ministers because of envy and jealousy. Some ministers are territorial. Fortunately I have been blessed with a minister who is supportive and wise. Bobby Pinckley was the minister for 30 years at the Waynesboro church of Christ. When I came to work in Waynesboro, he was still of member of the community but was preaching at another congregation. Nevertheless, he still had a role within the local body of Christ. But unlike some ministers who seem to revel in the power and position, who seem to be unable to release the control strings, Bobby was a seasoned professional in helping me in my ministry. He had the art of appearing and disappearing at the appropriate times in my ministry. One time, I had to head up to Nashville to be with a family whose love one was going to be taken off of life support. As a rookie minister, this trip scared me to death. What was I going to do, say in such a tense moment. Fortunately Bobby was standing there in the hospital room. I was never so relieved and happy. Bobby has trained me through his example to conduct funerals and help the grieving family. Also, Bobby has stayed on the sidelines in situations where I needed to handle the situation or where I would want more influence. He has weaved his life into my ministry perfectly. Bobby is back with us in Waynesboro, and this is a blessing because he is more concerned with the kingdom of God than he is with holding onto a position or influence. We need more Bobby’s across the brotherhood.
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