Kohima, 8 October (MTNews): The Kohima Lotha Baptist Church (KLBC) observed Pastor’s Appreciation Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the dedication and high calling of their pastors in a vibrant and meaningful service, on Sunday, 8 October.
The event was graced by Rev Zotuo Kiewhuo, Senior Pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church (KBC) and Principal of Kohima Bible College (KBC).
In his message centered on the theme, ‘Pastor: a High Calling of God’ (1 Tim 3:1-7), a press release from Koinonia Baptist Church media ministry stated: Rev Kiewhuo emphasized the divine nature of pastoral ministry and the importance of not forgetting one’s vows to God. He drew parallels with the story of Jacob in the Bible, who was reminded of his vow at Bethel and his commitment to return there (Genesis 31:13 and 35:1). Rev Kiewhuo stressed the need to remember one’s vows and stay committed to God, referencing the Christian pioneers in the Lotha region who upheld their faith. He emphasized that the role of pastors is a lifelong calling, not merely a career or a salary-driven occupation. Quoting from 1 Timothy 3:1-7, he described the qualities expected of pastors, including being blameless, sober-minded, non-violent, and not greedy for money.
Rev Kiewhuo acknowledged that pastors, like all individuals, have flaws and should be open to learning and not be swayed by false doctrines. He called for mutual prayer between pastors and congregations, highlighting the interdependence of the church. The church must pray together for their pastors and leaders, seeking swift ministry (1 Thess. 3:1-2) and seeking revelation and utterance (Ephesians 6:19). Striving together in persistent prayer (Rom 15:30, Luke 18) so that all can be united in spirit through prayers (Col. 2:5).
He encouraged the congregation to be prayerful, emphasizing that prideful people do not pray. He advised praying for pastors, quoting Galatians 6:6 regarding honoring those who teach the word of God.
Rev Kiewhuo stressed unity within the church, emphasizing that it is the body of Christ biblically and should not be divided along tribal lines. He reiterated the importance of unity in faith and emphasized the biblical principle of oneness (Acts 4:32).