Pastor, I’m here to help you. That’s always my goal. I know that if I’m able to do something…anything…to encourage “the people in YOUR pews” to read the Bible, consistently, it will make your Herculean job easier. But there’s one area that I want to address, that you’re not really going to. It’s simply too uncomfortable for you to talk about.
Scripture is clear that the one caring for God’s people, is to be cared for; prayed for; provided for. You and I both could quote the passages. But you won’t preach on it. In fact, you’d rather preach on tithing than on the responsibilities of the Church to care for its pastor. It feels self serving. If I were a pastor, I can’t imagine standing before my congregation and saying, “This is what God says you’re supposed to do for me.” To say that this would be awkward doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I really don’t get into stats. I’m not a fan of rattling them off, so I won’t. But I do read them. They help me get a better understanding of situations. And the stats about pastors leaving the ministry; being burned out; pastor’s wives longing for their husbands to go get a job in the “real world,” are startling.
I have a friend who was a pastor for nearly twenty five years. He loves God. He gave everything he had to see the Kingdom advanced. But after two and a half decades of seeing the Spirit move on Sunday morning, and the Devil move at the business meeting on Wednesday night, he walked away. He couldn’t do it anymore.
The Church is consumed by a “give me” mentality. The “people in the pews” are pretty selfish at times. I know. I’m one of them. And a pastor can only give so much before there’s nothing left to give.
So, what’s this got to do with Bible reading? Everything. I’ve seen it. As the everyday churchgoer engages the Scripture and learns how to live it out, they are changed. When they are changed, they see the pastor differently. And when the see the pastor differently, and read what the Bible says about caring for the pastor, a seismic shift takes place. The level of love, concern, support, and prayer for the pastor increases exponentially. And this is the game-changer that most pastors are secretly longing for.
So that’s it. I’ve said what I need to say. I’m hoping it came across the right way. I pray for you, pastor. I love you and want to see you thrive, not just survive. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.
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