Shepherd your flock
Pastors and politicians have more in common than either will admit in polite company, but there is one thing both readily agree on—to serve in government or pastor a church requires a thick skin. The difference, however, is the pastor must also have a soft heart for the Word of God and for the needs of the congregation. And because pastors work with the spiritual needs of people, they are bound to come under criticism. Toughening up without becoming callous is a tricky balance to find and maintain.
Pastoral work is not for the faint of heart. Insight for Living understands this and is grateful to those who answer the high calling of the pastorate. By providing pastoral resources, we’re committed to encouraging pastors in their pursuit of developing a tough hide and a soft heart.
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To all of you who teach, I salute you. Yours is an invaluable profession. It is a debt that must be discharged, a calling as sure and as high and noble as the ministry (and sometimes far more effective), a model we cannot live without if we expect each new generation to remain strong and free. Don’t quit. Don’t even slack off. Stay at it.
This article includes a tongue-in-cheek job description for the pastor every church desires, which serves to illustrate the kinds of pressures every pastor faces. We sometimes forget that pastors are human and thus imperfect, just like the rest of us. They also need spiritual enrichment, which the author directs them to find in Chuck Swindoll’s...