“The pastor is in the unique position of not only training the body for ministry but also of personally needing the very ministry for which he trains them.” – Paul Tripp Dangerous Calling

How often do we put the role of the pastor as above and beyond the congregation they lead? The expectation is that pastors do not struggle or sin. They don’t get angry or bitter. Many congregations look at their pastor and expect them to be light years ahead in their sanctification. Those of us in pastoral ministry swallow this untruth and try to live up to the unrealistic expectations our congregations place on us. What happens next is we that hide our own brokenness to save face, which is the worst thing we can do. Instead of leaning into others who can help us grow through our brokenness we let our problems fester until it blows up. The pastor may burn out and quit, may let their sin grow into a major moral failure or the congregation may be angry that the pastor isn’t performing and let them go.

If we really believe that Christ is the head of His body, then that means those in pastoral ministry are body members along with everyone else. They are not above other members of the body. In fact, they NEED the rest of the body in order to grow. “The eye can’t say to a hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ ” 1 Corinthians 12:21.

Pastors, we must create a community where were train others to speak the truth in love, then receive that truth when it is spoken to us. We cannot allow ourselves to go about our sanctification alone.

Congregations need to be more committed to the long term health of their pastor. Allow them to struggle and wrestle with their own brokenness so that you can help them grow. Remember that they are in need of the same grace you do. Brushing them aside will simply transfer your issues to another congregation. Simply put, pastor your pastor.

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