I love to read Pastor Craig Groschel’s blog on a regular basis. He put the following blog out there for all of the pastors who view his site to read. If you are in ministry, I hope this helps you to gain some perspective. If you are not in ministry, I hope this helps you gain some perspective. I appreciate all that Craig had to say. I believe that it is Risky Business to be authentic, but so worth it! Enjoy this blog!
Most people will see you as a pastor first. I want people to see me as a follower of Jesus who happens to be a pastor. (In my mind, the difference is big!)
Accomplishing this goal takes some work. Many church members see pastors as a step above the normal person. (Some pastors even believe this to be true.)
To me, the pastor who is viewed as a normal person has an extreme advantage over the one who is viewed as the perfect spiritual leader.
To demystify your pastoral role, you’ll have to take some self-revealing risks. Here are a few suggestions when revealing personal flaws.
- If you are courageous enough to expose selected spiritual doubts, people may relate to you as a real person.
- If you carefully reveal a martial struggle (with permission from your spouse), people may be more likely to listen.
- When you tell about certain failures, many people will feel an increased bond with you.
- If you are hurting and you express your need, your church family can be aware to pray for and minister to you.
It is not uncommon for someone to say, “Craig when you shared about your struggle with ____________ (fill in the blank), I knew you were a pastor I could relate with.”
A few people might reject you for you authentic confessions, but the vast majority will accept, embrace, and trust you as a genuine believer wrestling to grow closer to Christ.