A pastor went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule in the church yard.
He telephoned the police.

Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the Pastor to the Health Department.

They explained, "Since there was no health threat you'll need to call the Sanitation Department."

When the pastor called the Sanitation Department, the Manager of the Sanitation Department said,
"I can't pick up that dead mule without authorization from the mayor."

The Pastor was not at all too eager to call the mayor, who possessed a very bad temper and was always extremely unpleasant and hard to deal with.
But, eventually, the Pastor called the mayor anyway.

The mayor did not disappoint the Pastor, he immediately began to rant and rave.
After his continued rant at the pastor, the mayor finally said, "Why did you call me any way? Isn't your job to bury the dead?"

The pastor paused, trying to think of a kind response.
But his starter broke, and he said, "Yes, Mayor, it IS my job to bury the dead, BUT I always like to notify the next of kin first!"

Eph 4:11-16
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

October is Pastor Appreciation month.
I certainly appreciate Bro. Warren Maxwell, pastor of Columbia Heights Baptist Church.
He’s my pastor.

Consider the pastor of your church.

He must constantly battle the world and:
those who abuse the church with “sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,”
those who misuse the church with false winds of “doctrine.”

His is the responsibility to educate the “saints, for the work of the ministry,” and to
“edify the body of Christ.”
He must work towards those goals even though most of us members are “children,”
seldom in “unity,” and certainly not “perfect!”

Remember to work WITH your pastor as a “body fitly joined together,” and
supply YOUR part of “working” to make “increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love!”

Tell your pastor how much you appreciate him.
Tell your Lord how you appreciate the “calling” of your pastor.
Because no sane man would be a pastor without the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit!

Love ya!