At the age of 20, God called me to become a preacher. Now I am over 48 years old, and I think about how crazy it was for a 20-year-old to be a Church leader. It is absurd, especially if your idea of a Church leader is someone who has perfect theology, a flawless life, an award-winning attitude, and incredible people skills. Because not only did I not possess those things at 20, I still do not have them at 48.
It is easy to put your pastor on a pedestal. They speak up front, many times on elevated platforms. They are often in front of people leading programs and coming up with new ideas for the body of believers. They act like they have it all together, as many never speak of their failures, weaknesses, and struggles. Surely if anyone is Godly in our community, it is the pastor.
I am here to tell you that every preacher is flawed. If they don’t tell you about it, it is still valid. If they don’t admit it, then that is a flaw itself. If they do tell you, they are trying to be honest and not just searching for attention (at least most of the time).
Pastors struggle, fail, get up, and then fall back down. We are a flawed bunch in one or many ways. While we are out in front most of the time, we are also on this journey of faith together.
Each day I read through posts on my pastors’ groups on social media. Many feel alone, and others feel like the enemy. They desperately want to be a part of a group of believers who are willing to lock arms with them as we move forward together. Sure, at times you will be disappointed in them (and me), but we want to see all believers there for each other in the good and the bad.
A community of faith is a great benefit to everyone, even the person leading.