The pastor shocked the congregation when he announced that he was resigning from the church and moving to a drier climate.
After the service a very distraught lady came to the pastor with tears in her eyes, “Oh, Pastor Bob, we are going to miss you so much. We don’t want you to leave!”
The kindhearted pastor patted her hand and said “Now, now, Carolyn, don’t carry on. The pastor who takes my place might be even better than me.”
“Yeah,” she said “That’s what they said the LAST time too!!!”
Every Pastor Who Has Ever Been Has Been The Subject Of A Rumor
How we handle that will determine much about how it turns out. Check out this article on what to do when you are the victim of a rumor:
Pastor, over the years I’ve heard many pastors complain about their congregations. I’ve done it myself. Here is a quotation from a friend of mine who reminds us that we have many, many things to be thankful for.
Why not take ONE HOUR this week to spend time alone with God and tell Him the reasons you’re thankful for your church?
“I’m blessed in ways I never thought possible. Every little, insignificant thing is what matters the most. It’s the rainbow, the wind, the bacon, the laughter, the hug, the hand that holds yours, the car that starts, the purr of the cat, the dog, the kiss, the sunshine, the rain, the garden, the smile, the tears, the letter, the music, the story, the dance.”
While this is best directed to those in the pew, you will be greatly encouraged as you read this—I was! I realized that there are probably many people who love me for these very reasons, but they never voice it like this.
Enjoy this article by Thom Rainer:
Pastor, your primary calling is to the people God has you with now, not who you think you deserve… or who you want to have…. or who you wish you had. Your ministry is to who God has given you. As we labor faithfully in our current positions, we are to do so with an assured understanding that God has us where he wants us and will move us when and where he wants us, in his timing, not ours.
–Ronnie Parrott. Read the complete article at http://ftc.co/resource-library/blog-entries/gods-pleasing-placement
What is the greatest regret you have about your ministry?
Every pastor I know has thought about quitting at least once. Some more than once. Some consider this every Monday. Thom Rainer has addressed this issue in an article entitled, “Nine Thoughts for Pastors Who Are Considering Quitting.”
Here are the thoughts:
Many storms pass quickly
It’s probably not you.
The vast majority of the congregation supports you
Remember that the majority of the church members love and support you.
Remember your call.
Longer-term pastors see better days
Hurting church members often hurt others.
It’s not better in other churches.
The changing culture frustrates many church members
God is with you.
That’s the essence of what Rainer had to say, but you seriously need to read the entire article. You can find it at http://thomrainer.com/2015/06/10/nine-thoughts-for-pastors-who-are-considering-quitting
The minister must always remember that the dignity of his office adheres not in his person but in his office itself. He is not at all important, but his office is extremely important. Therefore he should take his work most seriously without taking himself seriously. He should preach the Word in season and out of season in forgetfulness of self. He should ever have an eye single to the glory of Christ, whom he preaches, and count himself out. It should be his constant aim that Christ, whom he represents, may increase while he himself decreases. Remembering that minister means nothing but servant, he should humbly, yet passionately, serve the Lord Christ and His church.
— R.B. Kuiper, “The Glorious Body of Christ” (Banner of Truth, 1966), 140-42.
The heart of a pastor is a thing of wonder.
Something inside me wants to say preachers either have hearts of a pastor or they do not. And if they do not, they should reject every invitation from search committees to become pastors because it’s a perfect set-up for disappointment on his part and disaster on theirs. The preacher who can deliver a fine sermon but who is unavailable and ineffective during the week one-on-one should ask the Lord to show him other ways to use his gifts and calling.
The pastorate is not for him.
Read the rest of this article by Joe McKeever at http://joemckeever.com/wp/heart-pastor/