Every October, we as a nation take this month to remember and appreciate our pastors. All over the world they are preparing sermons for the unrelenting weekend services. Pastoring is so much more than this. We are reminded in the book of James of the high calling it is to be a teacher and pastor.
“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1
Scripture also reminds us that we should give respect and give recognition to those who are above us in leadership.
“And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Pastoring is a 24/7 job and is not for the faint of heart. There are needs in each body that he sees and has a responsibility to greater than we understand. At some point this can take a toll and the evidence is staggering to look at.
One number shows that about 250 pastors leave ministries each month for reason such as feeling too overwhelmed, the demands of ministry are more than they can handle, and their church has unrealistic expectations of them. Some feel depression and loneliness to a great degree. Many feel a tension between their family and their ministry.
Don’t you want to stop and pray for your pastor this instant? Go ahead…do it!
It is so important for you to lift your ministry leaders and pastors to God in prayer consistently. This month we will be providing short prayers for you to be lifting up through our social media accounts.
This month think of ways for you and your church to love and support your pastor.