NEWS FLASH: God is a complete package, but your pastor is not. Some of you might be thinking, “He should be. We pay him good money to be.” I hate to break the news to you, but no amount of money nor any high expectation cannot make your pastor a complete package.
There are three words that Scripture used interchangeably for this office: Bishop, pastor, and elder. As bishop, he has administrative oversight. As pastor, he shepherds and ministers to people. As elder, he should be spiritually mature.
Many churches do not believe a pastor should have any administrative oversight. Someone has to lead and cast vision. If your vision is cast by multiple heads with conflicting visions, you have a mess. You may have a pastor who is not gifted in the area of administration while he is a gifted preacher and minister. Some are gifted CEOs who couldn’t preach their way out of a wet paper bag. Then others are spiritually mature yet feed the flock and lack the administrative and ministering gifts. God may call someone to that role who must surround himself with those who are strong where he is weak.
I have been blown away by the trend of many churches to call someone who has charisma but no spiritual maturity. One high profile leader has been notorious for acting like a fool on social media, yet many across the United States esteem him as a super-cool pastor. Pastors are human, but we also represent the Lord Jesus Christ and should be careful not to bring reproach to Him.
You may be reading this and are dissatisfied with your pastor’s perceived shortcomings. He is human. He is wired the way GOD wired him. No amount of education can fully change that. My advice to you is pray for him, support him, or find a church where you can do so. If something is wrong with every church you visit, you may have some corrections to make within yourself.