The month of October is traditionally set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month.

Some years ago I suffered through a devastating church shake-up.  Although I was heartbroken, God used the experience to test me; was I going to drop out or stay with Him?   He gave me this promise found in Jeremiah 3:15; “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

Since then I have attended several churches (because of moving from one area to another) and without exception, the pastors have all been after the heart of God.  God always keeps His promises.

Pastors do not have an easy life.  It is certain they are not able to please everyone. Pastors have to contend with cranky people, wanderers and those who, no matter what is suggested for the good of the congregation, are critical.  In addition, the pastor must carve out time to be alone with Jesus. The goal for them is to please God only.  If they do that, all other things should eventually fall into place.

I believe Jesus is God and I have always looked for a congregation with a pastor who believes likewise.  In fact, I believe this so strongly that I would not consider going to a ‘church’ that believes otherwise.  See John 10:30 “I and my Father are one.”  and John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Pastors are always on the front line, and this is where Satan sets his snares using various means to keep the Word of God from being proclaimed without compromise.  We must remember to earnestly pray for our pastors every day.  The reason for the church shake-up I experienced was caused in part because the people were not covering the pastor with prayer.  Our pastors are those shepherds God gives us to guide and teach about the Kingdom of God, encouraging us to stay firm in our faith.

I have attended my present congregation for 13 years. (I finally quit moving from place to place and retired.)  My pastor is awesome!   I admire his integrity and his passion for the things of God.  He loves the people and is concerned for their welfare.   But, like all of us he is human and requires the prayers of the people, praying for him, his family and his concerns.

Commit to pray for your pastor!

Be Blessed,

Jane Owens

© 2013

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