Not quite sure why I’m sharing all this with you. I do know confession brings healing. And, if God can use this to encourage even one struggling preacher or brother in Christ, it was worth every confession. I can’t speak for every pastor, but I’m pretty sure these things apply to most. We spend a lot of time seeking to understand those God has called us to serve, but maybe there are some things you need to know about us.
#1. I’M HUMAN. Not that I’m telling you something you didn’t already know. But, I’m afraid sometimes people forget that the pastor is human too. I sin, I fail, I fall short, and I certainly don’t have all the answers. I’m just a man who has been called by God to minister to others who just like me are desperately in need of God’s grace, love, truth, and forgiveness.
#2. I HAVE FAMILY. My children just call me dad and need me as much as yours need you. My wife needs me to love her, lead her, and be there for her for better or worse. I have vowed and determined that I won’t ever be one of those guys out trying to save the world, yet failing to be what God has first called me to be at home. Every pastor needs those around him to love His family as much as he seeks to love their family.
#3. I AM OFTEN OVERWHELMED. After over 20 years of ministry experience I’ve only become more aware of my desperate need for divine intervention. A pastor often goes to bed knowing that the greatest things before him are way beyond his control. He can pray, prepare, and put together man’s best laid plans. Yet, He knows that without God’s help, he and the church are bound to fall short. By the way, there is nothing wrong with admitting that you can’t even walk without God holding your hand.
#4. I AM STILL LEARNING MYSELF. I’ve spent nearly half my life in school only to conclude that I still have so much to learn. No pastor has all the answers or always knows what to do. There is a God and we are not Him. We preach God’s word passionately because we know that within its’ pages we can discover all we really need to know to accomplish God’s will. I will always be a student myself even as I seek to lead countless others.
#5. I NEED YOUR PRAYERS. The average pastor hears and receives prayer requests around the clock. Personally, I don’t care where or when you might run into me I’ll always care about what is going on in your life. And, I’m certain that God cares even more my friend. There are no greater words a pastor can hear than, “I’m praying for you.” I would say, thanks because I sure do need it. So, as you ask your pastor to pray for you assure him that you are praying for him. God will in turn pick him and you up in the process.