Pastors have a great responsibility. They have to minister to their own families then minister to the church members. Often their minds are saturated with the burdens of others and in the midst they have to find time to spend with God in His Word, to seek wisdom and guidance for the message that the church needs. When they stand in the pulpit they are held accountable to God. God’s word must be preached, not opinion nor man’s philosophy, nor anything that just pleases the people.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Pastors are called to be the voice of God. They have to give advice, encourage and warn believers. They are also responsible for rebuking which means to scold or criticize sharply or reprimand. Who gives pastors that authority?
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The pastor is a messenger for the king. He has been given a position of authority, and is held to a higher standard in his speech and behavior. There are times that they face spiritual attacks outside the church and within the church. You are also held accountable for your speech and behavior.
Do you support your pastor?
Do you pray for and encourage them?
Or, do you cause them grief?
Prayer: Lord, I know that you have placed pastors in the church to teach and train us in your word. Help me to be an encouragement to the pastors and a committed servant to the church.