The Spontaneous Pastor

Sam Rainer

November 19, 2008

One thing that does not come naturally to me is spontaneity. I am a planner, scheduler, and organizer. I do very little on a whim. If the calendar on my computer were to crash, my world would crumble. My wife, on the other hand, is the queen of spontaneity. I know God has a sense of humor because He created the “opposites attract” thing. Erin likes to do things on the spur of the moment. I do not.

[Interruption! As soon as I typed the last sentence above, my assistant told me that a man was at the front of our church wanting the pastor to pray with him. This interruption was clearly not a planned part of my day, but I went downstairs to join him. After praying with him, I had the privilege of seeing the Holy Spirit work in his life as he accepted Christ. God works in amazing ways – I was writing a blog on being more spontaneous, and He immediately interrupted my writing and provided such an opportunity. What a great God we serve!]

The remainder of this post clearly takes on a new meaning for me now. My purpose was to demonstrate how important it is for pastors just to live life. But instead of writing about it, God allowed me to see it in real time. I was going to write about how spontaneity helps with better sermon illustrations. I was planning on making the point that spontaneity provides opportunities to share your faith. I was going to write about how spontaneity prevents a pastor from making too many decisions behind a desk. Instead, I think I’ll end my post now and thank God for introducing me to someone who needed Him. It’s entirely unplanned, but entirely a God thing.

8 comments on “The Spontaneous Pastor”

  1. Dave Ingland says:

    Great things going on with you as you seek the Lord! I’m the opposite in that I tend to be too spontaneous and not as organized as I should be. There is a tendancy to see this lead to some chaos when one thing after another comes and I lose a litle focus on the main thing. As you strive for balance, God will honor that and guide you.

    Thanks for posting and for sharing your experience of spontaneity! Blessings to you!

  2. Jake Lynch says:

    God works in mighty was to teach all of us lessons. I too am like you in that I love to have things planned out, but I learned while growing up and having your wife and others as friends that it can be a great thing to be spontaneous in life. LIfe is too short not to enjoy and some of the best memories I have are those that spontaneously happened. May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  3. Sam Rainer says:

    Thanks Jake and Dave. Blessings to both of you as well.

  4. kdb1411 says:

    Sam. I just saw that you are headed to South Bend to do a television interview on Essential Church. Do you know how I can view it?

  5. soon2binNC says:

    I love when God puts someone’s thoughts and words to work. If you talk the talk, God will make you walk the walk! Not quite sound theology, but it is awesome to see God working that way. Thank you for sharing that with us.

  6. Sam Rainer says:

    kdb – you should be able to watch it on

  7. Sam Rainer says:

    soon2binNC – thanks for your encouraging words. BTW, will you ever arrive in NC?

  8. soon2binNC says:

    Soon enough, Mr. Rainer. Soon enough.

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