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A two-part message called “A Beautiful Mess” from Revive Our Hearts.
From Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ The Quiet Place:
“Unless you’re married to a pastor, or grew up in a pastor’s home, few of us have a good understanding of what life as a pastor is really like. The difficult people. The unexpected phone calls. The level of expectation that far exceeds one man’s ability to meet it. Such ingredients are a recipe for people to say and think all kinds of things that are not exactly true or would be understood much differently if they had a more accurate frame of reference. Everyone has their own perception, and unfortunately, many are far too free to share theirs when it comes to critiquing the performance of their pastors and spiritual leaders. So what do you do when you hear a critical word about your pastor? The Scripture gives instruction for dealing with leaders who fall into sin or fail to discharge their duties. However, our default response should be not to “receive an accusation” against them. Many of the criticisms that are voiced have little if anything to do with a man’s biblical qualifications for leadership but rather are someone’s personal judgment of his character and style. Don’t let your home or heart become a breeding ground for careless charges about your church leaders. Doing so can be toxic and extremely damaging in a body of believers. Don’t go around repeating things you may have heard. God has provided a process for dealing with allegations involving violations of biblical mandates, but apart from such abdication of spiritual responsibility, your pastor needs your love, understanding, and support. Be quick to show appreciation, slow to entertain negative reports, and determined not to sin by spreading gossip.”
An article called The Bravery of Imperfect Pastors I found to be brief, but very good.
Another very good blog post, Your Pastor Needs You.
A bit of painfully true, eye opening satire in The Devil’s Beatitudes.
A post entitled Ten Things Pastors Wish They Knew Before They Became Pastors.
An article about pastor’s wives, Why the Pastor’s Wife is the Most Vulnerable Person in Your Church.
Some prayer support via this 31 Days of Praying for Your Pastor challenge. Because, over and above the mostly costly gift you can give, the pastor values loving faithful intercession for him, his family, his ministry.
Here are some nice free ecards to send to your pastor.
Finally, a pertinent and poignant scripture passage from the book of Acts:
Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders
Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them:
“You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.”