Years ago there was a Revival in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and the evangelist had come from Atlanta. He really preached up a storm! I was so encouraged by his message, it helped me grow in my walk with JESUS! Afterwards I talked to him and asked him why he had stopped pastoring a church and became an evangelist. I will never for get his words: “I grew tired of people coming to me with the same problems, “Johnny is drunk again”, “Turn down the heat in the nursery pastor.” “Bobby beat me up again.” I have witnessed this behavior in some of the churches I have served at. I have so much respect for the Pastors I know, they have great patience. I have learned much about people. I got a call the other day from a man that heard me preach 5 years ago in Rio Rancho, I had given him a book on the Holy Spirit. He told me that he still was ‘church surfing’ that is what I call people who go from church to church, they do not look to Jesus for guidance, they go on emotions. That also is very frustrating for me to see. Pastors put up with a lot! October is Pastor Appreciation Month! I try to show my love and appreciation for all the Pastors who help me through my walk with Jesus every month! I pray you do the same!
We all need to strive to be mature Christians.
I love this message from Ron Edmondson!
Ron—What do you think are some of the most frustrating things that pastors experience?
Great question. I’m sure, like most jobs, there are frustrating things that happen while doing the best you know to do.
Leadership deals with people. Different people.
There can always be frustrations dealing with people different from us. Even people who love each other can be frustrated by each other.
October is Pastor Appreciation month! Have you shown your Pastor the appreciation they deserve?There is so much more to be being a Pastor than most of the congregation understands, which is primarily because most people only think about the Pastor one day a week, unless there is a wedding, funeral or illness. If you ask many people how many days a week they believe their pastor to work, they’d say one or two. Again, a misunderstanding on the life of a Pastor.
I have the advantage of knowing Pastor’s from all across the globe. There is certainly a difference in how the ministry is approached dependent upon the region the Pastor lives in. America is a blessed Nation, but even here geographical location matte rs. My Pastor moved from a larger city in Florida to very, very rural West Virginia. His prior location had more people in one city than we have in our entire county. Our population is less than 7000 and it’s scattered throughout paved and unpaved roads. My friend Dewey who lives in the vastly populated city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, traveled four hours on a Sunday morning to get to a church in a scarcely populated area. Four hours!!! What would cause a man to do that? A Pastor’s heart.
In the King Jams version of the Bible I looked up the word “pastor” for relevant texts to begin my journey into today’s post.
The word “Pastor” is only mentioned nine times throughout the entire bible. (Yes there are other variations, but the title Pastor only nine times) and eight of those were in the book of Jeremiah. Six of those eight verses are not in a favorable light! The final verse is Ephesians 4:11
Ephesians 4:11 KJVS
 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
With the charge to follow in verse 12
Ephesians 4:12 KJVS
 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Perfecting doesn’t mean to make us perfect without sin, but rather equipping us with what we need to continue on in this world. That doesn’t sound like a part time job to me! Not in the world we live in. God didn’t just give Pastor’s that responsibility, He added ministers of the gospel to the work as well and all to feed the body of Christ. A call to my own life through Pastor’s who rightly divide the word of God.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the Nursing Home to minister in song to the residents. Because of Covid I’m no longer allowed to interact with the residents. I walk through a back entrance into the hallway of the unit and sit in a chair with a microphone that is tapped into headsets on the long term care as they sit in their rooms. It’s not ideal for me, but at least I’m there. As I sang a little lady popped her head out of her room which was on my end of the hall. She whispered, “can I set with you?” I motioned to a chair sitting across the hall from me and told her I wouldn’t tell if she wouldn’t. I had forgotten my usual repertoire of songs, so I had borrowed their “heavenly highway hymn” book and was content to sing from it. She sang every tune with me and tapped her little foot and it was such joy to be apart of her day if only for a few minutes. I’m not a Pastor, but I am a minister and privileged to be so.
When a Pastor “perfects” the body of Christ, he’s equipping them to go out and minister the gospel as well.
The problem Jeremiah had in his day, is the same problem we have in churches across the country today. Jeremiah gave warning in Jeremiah 23:2 KJVS
 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
There’s plenty of fault to go around both from lazy congregations and lazy pastors as to why the church hasn’t kept the true calling as Paul described in Ephesians. I’m not pointing fingers (today anyway) I’m just throwing this thought out in hopes of dinging a few church bells. We need to thank our Pastor’s and Praise God for those who work in the labor of the Lord. Who understand the accountability for souls and take it serious. We need to encourage each other to share the work load… and it is a load of work!
Every day is another opportunity to examine our lives and see what we can do to improve our relationship with the Lord. Today, we can start by taking a few minutes to thank the preacher. Get the love train going for our church leaders!!!