Pastors have a greater standard

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (Message Translation)
If anyone wants to provide leadership in the church, good! But there are preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed to his wife, cool and collected, accessible, and hospitable. He must know what he’s talking about, not be overfond of wine, not pushy but gentle, not thin-skinned, not money-hungry. He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect. For if someone is unable to handle his own affairs, how can he take care of God’s church? He must not be a new believer, lest the position go to his head and the Devil trip him up. Outsiders must think well of him, or else the Devil will figure out a way to lure him into his trap.”

There is probably as much written about Pastors on the Internet as what there is written about AFL coaches in papers.
We are not superhuman, and certainly not more spiritual than anyone else, just because we are a pastor.
There are certain obligations, responsibilities and rewards that go along with being a pastor. You get to lead people in church, thats great!
But you are also more responsible, as a shepherd.
You need to be allowed to lead, but if you are, then you need to realise you are more responsible as well. Lead…well….set boundaries…well, aim for purity.
I pray today for all my pastor friends, stay true, persevere….be faithful to your calling.
As Phil Pringle says, “Pastoring is a tough gig but if you read your bible & make sure you only sleep with your wife you probably will do ok”

One thought on “Pastors have a greater standard”

  1. I like that translation of the passage. "Not thin-skinned" is vital I think. You certainly cop a lot at times.
    I like Phil Pringle's quote too. Thanks for sharing it.

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