Taking Time to Encourage

About 2 months ago, I was probably the most depressed I have been in a very long time. Tension existed in our church plant, and I knew that my health overall was on the line because of the division. I saw no other option but to step away.

I began thinking about how many other pastors are currently where I was not long ago. They don’t have anyone who understands, so they often bear the burden alone. Out of that, I have started reaching out to one pastor per day. The denomination does not matter. I ask how I can pray for the pastor and the family. I emphasize that I am not asking for ministry prayers because the church/ministry is not the pastor’s identity.

Do you sense that your pastor needs encouragement? Please send me some contact info so I can reach out. These pastors could be one step from quitting, one step away from engaging in an act of sin, or one step away from suicide. This does not have to be. I look forward to seeing how God uses this ministry to encourage pastors. When you minister to your pastor, you are benefiting your church.

9 thoughts on “Taking Time to Encourage

  1. Amen! We really need pastorial care….. for pastors! They need a heap of encouragement, prayers, and love. Also, lots of men praying for them. I am laughing here, women are nothing to sneeze at and if you have a pack of women praying for you, you must have found favor with the Lord! It is just that many pastors are men and they need that sense of brotherhood, that strength behind them.

  2. Spot on Matthew, this is really important!

    Pastoral care for pastors as insanity said in her comment. Should be a part of every church community.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Very true, I have seen multiple pastors fall into sin and knew one who committed suicide. Pastors are easily overworked, placed on a perfection pedestal and expected to meet everyone’s needs. I can’t imagine the burden…thank you for sharing, I believe that you made the best decision for yourself and family. Your first ministry is always to your wife and kids. God bless you!

  4. I’d like to give you my pastor’s email in a more confidential way. I’ll DM you on Twitter. She has been through so much in the last few years with the biggest thing being our church having been burnt down and rebuilding while we joined our sister church’s congregation. Right now, she is working to get the ball rolling on some new outreach projects and could use some encouragement. Also, the impending issue of homosexuality in the Methodist church is causing a lot of anxiety. Our sister church is very unhappy and is viewing her as an enemy as they threaten to “buy back the church” and leave the denomination. She could use some love from a person who has walked in her shoes. Thanks in advance.

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