By Anita Jarrell-Robertson
Special to Inside The Pew
Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, recently conducted a study of a few hundred laypersons over a span of 60-plus churches to write down what they desired of a pastor. Their responses were open-ended, and there was no limitation on the number of items they could list. According to Rainer, the top ten characteristics of the ideal pastor include:
- Love of congregation.
- Effective preaching.
- Strong character.
- Good work ethic.
- Casts a vision.
- Demonstrates healthy leadership.
- Does not yield to critics.
- Models evangelism.
All these points relate to Minister Renaldo Davis, who serves on the Ministerial Board, Music Ministry, Youth Ministry, Men Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, and Armor Bearer Ministry at Ever-Increasing Life Ministries under the leadership of Apostle David A. Cowan and Elect Lady Linda Cowan. He is also a well-traveled Independent Gospel Recording Artist, a dedicated husband, father, and friend.
Renaldo is very serious about ministry and believes that in order to reach unusual people you must have unusual church. Minister Davis’ ultimate dream is to see young men living strong and young women living beautiful from the inside out. Originally from the Bahamas, Davis served at a vast array of ministries upon initially entering the United States until finally reaching what he considers to be “the best church on this side of heaven, Ever-Increasing Life Ministries located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”
Davis reflects, “I have a great relationship with my pastor. I consult him in every aspect of my life from my marriage, my music, to my business, and all ministry affairs. He and I talk weekly and sometimes even daily.”
Renaldo’s success as a recording artist is included amongst the areas in which his pastor leads him. He proudly exhibits a strong family life, which he believes should look the same at home and in ministry. His perception of his pastor and his choice to emulate those positive qualities lead him to success on all sides- balanced living.
“I remember growing up hearing people say they wanted to be like Michael Jordan, well I want to be like him. To me, my dad is Elijah and I want to be his Elisha. I regard our relationship somewhat like I do my marriage. I protect it, guard it, give time to it, and keep the lines of communication wide open. Now, I must say this… I love my mom (Lady Linda Cowan). Talking to her is just like talking to Dad. Their wisdom is far beyond their years. My mom has the perfect nurturing spirit. Overall, our relationship is wonderful and amazing.”
Judging Renaldo’s sentiments about his pastor, Rainer would probably adopt his pastor, Apostle Cowan, as the poster child of an ideal pastor. In an age where recording artists, independent or otherwise are seen by some as wild and undisciplined bigots who wear their egos on their shoulders, Renaldo is a counter example of how a balanced disciple of Christ operates and why it’s important to submit to a shepherd versus a hireling. Renaldo’s latest music video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0eyuR5cmRk. He can be reached via email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. More from Renaldo Davis @ http://www.reverbnation.com/ministerrenaldodavis.
Anita Jarrell-Robertson, a Baton Rouge, La., native and graduate of LSUBR, became a volunteer columnist for Inside The Pew Magazine in 2014 after writing an article on the Rev. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Robertson also writes for The Holy Hip Hop Ezine. See more at www.anitaworships.com/blog and follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @anitaworships.