Joe Jensen with CHURCH LEADERS writes about those in church leadership, especially pastors, who know the exhaustion and isolation which, ironically, may result from working closely with people. It’s so very important to have trusted and loving persons who are willing to come alongside during challenging times, like an Aaron and Hur, to metaphorically hold up the arms of our pastors.
The Barna Group released the latest report in its “Resilient Pastor” series revealing that most most pastors struggle mentally, emotionally and relationally. Pastors have responded to a sacred calling to help shepherd others, and the best thing a pastor can do for their congregation, their families, and themselves is to tend to their souls.
The CHURCH LEADERS article may be read HERE.
My brothers and sisters, the weight upon our pastors, bishops and ministry leaders can be not only stressful, but sometimes thankless. It can take a toll, as the role of overseer can easily become one in which ministry becomes an always-on-duty job, leaving insufficient time for personal prayer, study, family responsibilities, rest and health. Let’s be sure to always acknowledge the responsibility our pastors carry and lift them (and their families) up in prayer regularly!
1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NKJV)
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…”.
Praise Jesus forevermore!