I've never been a pastor so I'm not sure I know exactly what it's like, but I remember Mike Campbell saying once "If everyone in the church complains to the pastor once a year, that means I hear a complaint every day!" It must be difficult to be in a public role, with great responsibility, where you are expected to open the Lord's word weekly -- and be graded on your exposition.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 talks about the power of friendship:
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I was reflecting on this passage in light of what it's like to pastor, and I was convicted that I haven't always been there to help my friends up. But I want to be part of the three strands -- not part of whatever is trying to break the cord.
Will you commit to praying with me, for our new pastor, that as he moves his family to a new ministry venue, and a new city, and as he adjusts to the Pinelands, that we will be the friends that help another up when he stumbles? I want our pastor to feel supported and encouraged by our congregation. Don't misunderstand me -- I'm not talking about blind loyalty -- I'm talking about real love. Love that seeks the best for another and does it in Jesus' name.
Please remember to pray for your Pastoral Search Committee, especially this Tuesday, 11/13 at 7:00 PM as we are moving toward making some important decisions.