“I don’t need to encourage my pastor, there are plenty of other people to do that!”
Have you ever heard this statement? Or even thought it yourself?
I have and I should know better.
I grew up in the Christian bubble. My dad is still a pastor to this day so I know the ins and outs of the local church like no one else. I have watched my dad ache with those in our church who were hurting. I’ve seen him so discouraged that he questioned if he should be in the ministry at all. I’ve even seen my dad completely crushed when some of the families that he invested in and helped the most leave our church in search of something “better.”
Why do we look at our pastors as if they aren’t human? Is it because we can’t handle it? Is it because they are preaching the word to us so they are lifted to another category?
There are things that even I need to be reminded about that are found in this article. Your pastor is not perfect. He’s not.
I’m sorry if I have completely destroyed your view of your current church, but I think we all need to let that sink in. Know that your pastor will make mistakes and might even need your help and grace at some point. Above all, he needs your encouragement! Don’t think that someone else will do it, because chances are, that “someone else” thought the same thing.
It’s easy and simple. Let’s encourage our pastors and try to see them for what they really are- flawed humans just like us who desire to know God and help us to do the same.