…that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. Romans 15:32
Sunday we ordained one of our "sons of the house," Wes Weber, as our newest pastor. It was an awesome day in the Lord, and it gave me the opportunity to preach a message "Seven Things Your Pastor Needs." Today I'd like to focus in on one of those points; "Pastors need to be refreshed."
Now one might wonder why this would be the case, after all what makes being a pastor different from any other job? Other people work hard, don't they? Sure they do. And yes, Pastor Wes has many things in common with other working folks, but there is one big difference: Like a coach, much of a pastors role is working with people, but the outcome isn't game affecting, it's life affecting.
When Pastors minister, every prayer, every conversation, every word of caution or encouragement has the potential to significantly change a person's life in some way. Pastors minister to people in emotionally sensitive times: Spiritual birth, baptisms, the birth of a child, weddings, sickness, life-crisis, and death. Pastors pour out emotionally, spiritually, and physically to build up and strengthen the people God places in their path.
Now this is the call of a pastor, there's no complaining, and they understand that their reward will come from the Lord. But pastors are still human, and they can become become weary, discouraged, even burn out. And it helps them to remain in the game, so to speak, when God's people recognize their effort, and occasionally do something to refresh their pastor. It doesn't have to be big or expensive: A card, a phone call, a lunch out. Some will have the means to bless bigger, a weekend getaway, a gift card.
Now that we have another pastor in our family, I pray our body will up their honor of Pastor Wes, not only by praying for him, but being sensitive to the Lord, and asking "how can I refresh my pastor?"