How to Care for Your Pastor
First, the leaders can be appreciated for who they are. Ministers are often seen as superstars, perfected saints, dictators, deluded persons, eccentrics, holier-than-thou types, and stuffed shirts. Such caricatures are usually errant and never helpful. The church with any of these images in mind does not know how to care for your pastor.
Second, the problems peculiar to church ministry can be understood in relation to the minister. The real life of the pastor is often hidden, either intentionally or unintentionally, from the congregation.
And third, believers can come to a fuller understanding of their relationship to God’s appointed authorities in the body. The shepherd is a sheep too, but has been made a shepherd of sheep; nevertheless, he is still one of the sheep.
There will never be a perfect pastor. And there will not need to be as long as we know there cannot be. Jesus, who is himself the Head of the Body, is the only perfect one. Our Minister is perfect, wholly trustworthy and faithful, the King who will never fall off the throne. But the one who serves your local church still has many imperfections, and needs Christ as much as you do.
About the Author
Kent Philpott lives in California where he has been the pastor of Miller Avenue Church, Mill Valley since 1985. Ordained in 1966, he was awarded the degrees of Masters of Divinity by Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley and Doctor of Ministry by San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a regular visitor to the prisoners of San Quentin Prison and a coach of the San Quentin Pirates baseball team. Besides How to Care for Your Pastor he is also author of Are You Being Duped?