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Encouragement for Pastors

Acts 18:9-11 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t quit! For I am with you and no one can harm you. Many people here in this city belong to me.” So Paul stayed there the next year and a half, teaching the truths of God.

It’s Pastor’s appreciation month but I doubt if very many pastors feel appreciated. Sometimes it can be a thankless profession. It’s not as honored as it once was. With all of the bad publicity that pastors have gotten there are still some great pastors who really love God and his people. I want to salute them today.

Pastoring can be a very lonely job. Preaching, teaching, and reaching every week with only scrutiny and personal attacks as your reward. It can also be fulfilling when you’re able to see lives being transformed, communities impacted, and souls saved. In between these good and bad days every pastor needs to know that they are appreciated.

The number of pastors leaving their churches and leaving ministry altogether is quite alarming. Studies show that about 1,500 pastors exit their churches each month due to conflict, moral failure, burnout, or a forced exit. I think a lot of these reasons for pastors leaving ministry could be avoided if somebody could get to them before they reach this level of burnout.

Paul was preaching the Gospel under much scrutiny and persecution. Ironically it was his own people the Jewish religious leaders that persecuted him the most. God sensed that Paul was weary in well doing. He felt Paul getting tired of taking all the blows in ministry and he tells him three things that I want to speak to pastors or maybe you should speak to your pastor:

1. Don’t be Afraid! It can be overwhelming when you are responsible for so many people. When you are the head everything points back to you. Fear of failure is always present. But you have to remind yourself of the fundamental truth, “the Lord is my shepherd! I will fear no evil.” Even shepherds need a shepherd. This is God’s church and these are his people. We cannot be afraid because there is no failure in God!

2. Speak out! Your voice is anointed and the people need to hear the truth even if they don’t want to hear it. Sometimes when you feel like you are not being heard or you’ve taken some hits for speaking the truth there is a tendency to want to just stop preaching, but if you’ve been called to preach you can’t stop speaking out. 1 Corinthians 9:16 GW

If I spread the Good News, I have nothing to brag about because I have an obligation to do this. How horrible it will be for me if I don’t spread the Good News!
Read 1 Corinthians 9 GW | Read 1 Corinthians 9:16 GW in parallel

3. Don’t quit! It’s tempting to quit when times get hard, the economy is terrible, the people are not committed but there is a shift that is coming if you don’t quit. Moses was 40 years with the congregation in the wilderness. He missed the Promised Land because his frustration with the people made him strike the rock. There is a breakthrough for you and your congregation if you don’t quit or strike the rock.

Men and women of God whatever you do don’t give into that negative voice in your head. You matter to God. He loves you. He has more people in this city that need to be reached. There is a shift coming because God’s judgment is still being released and when it manifests there will be people looking for a word from God. There are people still looking for God and they need your help to find him. Don’t quit. We need you.

Dear God,

Strengthen your servants. Pastoring is a heavy responsibility. It is a privilege and a pain. It is a crown of joy and a cross of sorrow. I am blessed to have been considered to be your messenger. Help me to fight the good fight of faith and to finish the work you sent me to do. I just want to hear you say “Well Done.”

In Jesus Name,

Amen