Let me say up front, this blog is not a criticism of pastors but rather an observation. I have been a pastor for 30+ years, so I think I have some credibility about the subject. If you are a pastor reading this blog, please read with an open mind.
Observation #1: Pastors are under tremendous pressure to succeed. The pressure may come from others or from themselves. The problem is how we (and pastors) define success. When two pastors meet each other, inevitably they will ask THE question. How was your Sunday? Ninety-nine percent of pastors will reply, “We had 126 (or some other number) for morning worship.” Success to them (and others) is based on attendance, Jesus was never impressed by the size of the crowds. Often Jesus would leave the multitudes to minister to a single individual.
Observation # 2: Pastors need to refocus. By that I mean, Pastors need to take a serious look at the motivation of their ministry. Jesus never intended pastors to gather a large following. A pastor’s goal should be to have a healthy church. Making and maturing true disciples of Christ. Matthew 28:19
Observation # 3 Pastors should not be in competition with each other. Sometimes people choose to change churches and pastors take it personal. (Pastors should never intentionally try influence people from leaving their church to join theirs.) Pastor, we are all in this together. We are all on the same side! The important thing is they are in HIS kingdom! “”Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” Mark 9:38
Observation # 4 Pastor need to remember whose Kingdom they are building. Jesus once said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” He said He would build HIS church. We need pastors (and congregations) that are Kingdom focused. It is His church and His Kingdom.