Leaders have great responsibilities.
It doesn’t matter if you see the role of a leader as being a shepherd, evangelist, prophet, teacher/preacher or CEO of the local church. Regardless of your view of the role of a leader, God’s word tells us they must give “an account because they all have pastoral responsibilities over the people God has put under their leadership.” Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” The office of a leader is a great responsibility
We have all seen how leaders today are facing increasing challenges.
Leaders are human and, contrary to what many think today, they all have personal challenges such as dealing with criticism and conflict, family problems, stress, depression, burnout, sexual temptations, financial problems and time management. These are only a few of the challenges your pastor may be experiencing.
Leaders lack the relational support we all need for stability and resilience.
We all need people we can lean on, trust and call on during the challenges of life. Who does a leader turn to when they need a safe place to process life’s difficulties? Most church members have never considered this question.
Pastors need a safe place.
In order to finish well, pastors need a place that will be non-judgmental, and a place that will provide outside encouragement, counsel and accountability. This will enable them to live and serve out of spiritual, emotional and relational health and well-being.
You may ask, “Why do pastors need to be supported?”
We need tp prayer and sponsor our leaders to be spiritually and emotionally healthy to grow personally, and to develop as a shepherd leader in the church of Christ. As pastors are supported, they will be enabled to remain in ministry, fulfill their responsibilities, build healthy churches and lead in transforming their communities for Christ!