Written by Dave Lenehan
My uncles Richard and John did it. My cousins Peter and Roger and my nephew-in-law Alex did it, too. I’ve sat under the teaching of over a dozen more who’ve done it. Even a couple of students who were involved in our church’s student ministry eventually did it. The common “it” factor? They all answered God’s call to become pastors.
From the many conversations that I’ve had with pastors – friends and relatives alike – I know that being a pastor of any sized congregation or ministry is one of the most difficult, demanding, troublesome, often thankless yet most rewarding, inspiring, encouraging and fulfilling “jobs” on the planet. Yes, serving as a pastor encompasses all of those descriptors and likely scores more.
The Apostle Paul points out that pastors, teachers and other church leaders are, in a sense, handed down to us from Christ himself::
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13, NIV)
I’ve been privileged and blessed to sit under the teaching and preaching of several wonderful, God-fearing, bring-the-Truth pastors. Not one of them ever took their role lightly nor saw themselves as being somewhat above the rest of the congregation. They are ordinary guys whom God has called to share the extraordinary message found in God’s Word.
If you haven’t yet this month, I would strongly encourage you to write a quick email or letter to a pastor who has impacted your life. You’d be surprised how infrequently that happens. They will be wonderfully surprised, too. Most of all, PRAY for your pastor. Pray for the pastors in our area and, if you’re a student, the pastor at the church you attend while at college.