Who would believe that a videotape could change your ministry and life?
It was one of those rare transformational moments.
In the early days of my pastoral journey, I watched a videotape (yes, I am going back a long way) of Simon McIntyre speaking about being The Second Man.
Simon has epitomised the very essence of a successful support leader and he shared his journey of supporting his leader, Phil Pringle, as a Joseph.
Joseph was an exceptional leader even though he never rose to the primary leader role.
He looked after his father’s sheep; managed Potiphar’s household; ran the warden’s jail and ultimately led Pharaoh’s Egypt. He was a man of influence and significance as a support leader.
In contrast, Joshua served Moses and then became the primary leader of Israel.
Jesus put it succinctly: And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16.12
Simon’s example and teaching transformed how I looked at myself as an assistant pastor and how I supported my senior pastor, Frank Hultgren.
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