Pastoring is a unique vocation. But we can really be misunderstood. Even people who have been in church for a significant length of time don’t really know their pastor the way they should. Here is part two of:
5 things you may not know about your pastor.
I know these to be true for me, but I suspect they may be for your pastor as well.
1. The better the message – the longer it takes me to prepare it. There are rare exceptions to this for me. If I am going to have a descent message I will have to take time away from other responsibilities to prepare. This could mean I’m not everywhere you hoped I would be.
2. I get nervous every time I start to preach – If you didn’t notice – well, glad I’m getting better at covering. But, you do me a tremendous blessing if you whisper a prayer as I step up to preach.
3. Temptations you face – I face. I’m not immune from temptation. I’m human. You shouldn’t be surprised when I make mistakes. I need lots of grace. I should be held accountable, but ultimately I’m accountable to God – just as you are.
4. To my family I’m usually not the Pastor – just a dad. And, I like that. For my children it may not make much of a difference whether I am the Pastor or not.
5. I can relate to you better than you think. I like to have a good time. Some would say I’m funny. I even know how to laugh. I don’t even have to be quoting Scripture to do so. We have struggles in our life too. Lots of them. And, the more you see me as a regular person, the more I can relate to the struggles you face and your friends who are afraid to come to church – partly because they think I’m not as human as they.