Have you ever thought, “Why can’t my pastor be more like that tv pastor I love so much?”
If so here’s an answer for you.
The pastor on tv doesn’t live in your community. He doesn’t speak to the needs of your community. He doesn’t know you. He doesn’t know how to encourage you to grow in your walk with Christ. He doesn’t know the areas that your church needs to work on and grow in.
He wasn’t called to be your pastor. He’s probably more educated than your pastor. He probably has more experience than your pastor. He was probably chosen for his voice and eloquent speech. He probably has a staff of 50 or more people. He probably has people organizing and reviewing his sermons. He’s probably great at what he does. God’s called him to do what he does.
You probably never feel personally attacked when he speaks. You probably rarely feel challenged when he speaks. When you do feel challenged you’re probably thankful for his passion. You’re never upset that he hasn’t visited you. You never see him make a mistake.
He’s the character in your romance novel. He’s perfect. Your pastor is real. He’s imperfect. He has the God given responsibility of addressing real problems. He probably has a staff of 2 or 3 if he’s lucky. He’s probably responsible for visiting every sick person in the church. He’s probably responsible for weddings, funerals, and public events. He’s probably the head of your nursing home ministry, and your visitation program. He’s probably expected to attend every committee meeting. He’s probably responsible for speaking at every service. He’s probably an active member of community organizations. His wife is probably involved in multiple ministries at the same time. He’s probably responsible for helping solve every complaint in the church. His children probably have activities that he’d like to attend.
Coming from the pastor of a small local church let me give you some advice. Please don’t compare your pastor to your favorite tv pastor. Encourage him. Pray for him. Recognize that he’s human and treat him that way. Understand that God has given him a responsibility. If he’s called of God he’s going to do the best he can with what he has. It’s not your job to try and see if you can make him fail.
Yes, we know you want the romanticized version of a pastor. If you want God’s Kingdom to grow then please come back to reality. If you can’t be satisfied with anything less than your favorite tv pastor then God may be calling you to pack up and move to where they are. If you’re where God wants you to be then be a positive influence in your church.
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:12)