Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. – Hebrews 13:7
Ordained ministers pursue various avenues of service, but it is a special calling to serve as pastor of a church. Being the shepherd holds far greater responsibility than that of the sheep, both to God and to the flock. “The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11); some expect the same of their pastors -figuratively and literally.
Their lives are no longer their own as they become the head of a larger family, responding to every member’s needs as their own 24×7. All eyes are upon them, their spouse and children as models of behavior, often with expectations far beyond those of most human beings. They fill the role of preacher, evangelist, teacher, social worker, administrator, financial manager, property manager, burden broker, adviser, confidant, companion, friend, on and on and on. No bad days allowed!
Put yourself in your pastor’s place. Perhaps we should treat them as “in-progress” not perfect, developing not done, servants not slaves, and with a lot more TLC (tender loving care).