Some of us are pretty bitter and cynical about clergy. I know that I am. I mean, honestly, for any extended period of time of fellowship, I’ve known only one really good pastor. The others? Of course, it could have been the structure of the denomination which allowed certain things to go on. Anyway, I could go on, but you should know that I’m pretty cynical about clergy.
But this weekend, surrounded by seven or so pastors (I was the only not currently nor ever will be crowd) I got a sneak peek where many congregants don’t. These people shared their disasters and successes, hopes and fears, weaknesses and a search for strengths. They love their jobs, their congregations, and their calling. They are just like everyone else, I reckon. It was interesting to see how a solid structure worked, and sometimes didn’t work. But, through those structural failures, these pastors kept fighting.
What was of interest to me was that they took the failures of their congregations personally. They want to share the message of Christ and strengthen their own congregations from within. They really have a love for their calling and a desire for transformation.
And, as I stated earlier, listening to them made me depressed that much more to know what damage has been done and is being done by bad pastors. And, it made me admire that much more those who are good pastors. Those who are imperfect, weak…. focused on Christ, ever seeking and searching for what they can do to make the community of Christ stronger. These were some awesome testimonies that I heard this weekend, although surely none were offered.
So, for those who regularly abuse the good pastors because of the bad pastors… stop it.