Monday, October 27, 2014
Pastor Appreciation #5
A few biased thoughts from a pastors wife!
A normal day..... what.... do they exist in ministry? Of course not! This job is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the "must have a consistent schedule" people. It is a tough job, but its more than a job, it is a calling.
I found this humorous "ideal pastor" snippet I thought you enjoy....
"The ideal pastor preaches exactly twenty minutes with an hour's content. He condemns sin, but never offends anyone. He works from 8 am to midnight, and also serves as the church janitor. He makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, and donates $30 a week to the church. He is 29 years old and has 40 years of experience. He is a strong leader, yet also follows everyone's advice. He can effectively relate to all teenagers and spends all of his time with the elderly. He is tall and short, thin and heavyset, and has one brown eye and one blue eye. He makes 15 house calls a day, regularly visits the hospital, and is always in his office." Oh and don't forget their perfectly behaved children that sit quietly in the pew every Sunday.
Though this is humorous, you would be amazed at how many people have some of those exact expectations of the pastors.... I especially love the "is always in the office". Don't get me wrong it is good to have some office time, and sometimes you need to have a lot of office time. But if you are in the office all the time you aren't out with people, you are aren't doing life together with your congregation.
The perfectly behaved children.... yeah, my child is just as squirrely (if not more) than the non-pastor's child that is sitting near us. My child spends a lot of time at the church, so it makes sense they may be more familiar with all the good hiding places :) But know that just like most other children, my girl loves her Daddy and when she sees him, even if he is up front, she wants to say hello and give him some love.... or just talk in the microphone. Give her grace, it is a challenging job to live up to the expectations of being a PK.
I am thankful for two pastors that are out of the office as needed, visiting with people, doing life with others. I am thankful for pastors who are willing to serve despite their paycheck. I am thankful for pastors who go out of their way to relate and love on "the least of these" Thank you for loving your families and modeling that to the congregation. Thank you for your time and your sacrifice. I pray that we as a congregation at our church and the church universal would take time not just this month but every month to encourage their pastors!