What does a hurting pastor think and feel?
And… what is really important to him?
In my single year as a Barracks Pastor and the years serving and aiding pastors I have discerned and encouraged pastors for the following internal and emotional issues:
#1: “I worry about my wife and kids and the pressures on them. God has given me a measure of grace to handle the many varied pressures of ministry and the pastorate, BUT…
I worry about my wife and kids and the pressure on them because of the pressure cooker of evangelical ministry as a Senior Pastor.
Do they have the same vision as me?”
#2. “My church has been a labor of love and I know we are worthy of bringing in greater tithes and offerings than we do at present.”
#3: As a senior pastor, I do so much and pray for revival change. I a worthy in the eyes of Jesus to inspire the same level of commitment and passion in almost every single member of my flock. Note: This may not necessarily equate to the same level of time commitment as I commit to the ministry.
#4: “I would be moved to amazing heights of appreciation myself and feel greatly appreciated if I received regular feedback during my sermons through:
- An “Amen Section!”
- More “Thank You Pastor” words of regular appreciation
- Adda-Boy Pastor encouragement for a powerful, effective gospel sermon delivered from the pulpit that points to the gospel and Jesus as Lord… Instead of conflicting goals and vision of key church members
- Admiration per Hebrews 13:17, and 1 Thess 5:12-13
- The flock caring for my personal and emotional situation on a regular basis, steps 1-3 usually are all that is necessary!
#5: My Dreams and Aspirations
- See Revival spread out and touch hearts that lead to many salvations and re-claiming our community for Christ!
- To finally proclaim our church growth and offerings “praise report I’ve been praying to give to the whole congregation for the kingdom and Glory of God!
- Spiritual growth and maturity so I never have to pray for another “back-slid” member.
- Grow a flock that feeds themselves heartily on the eat of God’s word, firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel.
- Grow a flock that is spiritually “on fire” to turn the world upside down with widespread revival. Please see my blog posts on revival Revival meaning Jesus preached, and Ephesians 4:11-16 for Revival 2day
This is just a sample of the things that a pastor feels when he feels dis-empowered and taken for granted. I will touch on more of their pain and what they hope to gain through their ministry tomorrow.