Woke up today and it’s such a rainy day. All I want to do is stay in bed then I remembered I hadn’t blogged.
Honestly that’s how I felt. Especially since I’m not over what happened within the week. I mentioned it yesterday but today I saw a post that made me really think. I know there were other issues along the way that may have led to Pastor Andrew Stoecklein trying to commit suicide which eventually resulted in his death
but I’m also thinking about all the other pastors going through so much but never speaking up about it.
I know we are trained to think my pastor is always alright and just simply off load on them but have you ever really thought about the fact that they are human too? With feelings? With emotions? Most times with families too?
When was the last time you prayed for your pastor? Funny enough chances are if you are not praying most people too aren’t.
I saw a post today on Heather Lindsay’s page and I couldn’t have said it better. Let me share …
I’ve never heard of this pastor until he died this weekend. My heart is breaking for him, his family & his church family. Please pray for them. The weight of being a leader & pastor is difficult. I have watched my hubby go through so much as a pastor.
I saw this post on FB from a Ra’Shan Wilson & I had to share his words. Now, we planted @thegatheringoasischurch 5 years ago and ALL of this rings true. ➡️Don’t just pray for your pastor, help him live longer.
Read all of this: “People who RUN [to] pastoring scare me… You’re running to nights away from your wife, studying till morning to secure a “word” that will help encourage, empower and uplift people who won’t show up to hear it; or respect you enough to at least let you know they’re not coming.
You’re running to the realization that you can work hard, publish books, produce projects, write plays, sell product and create other streams of income for the security of you and your family…only for people who don’t tithe nor give (relatively) substantial offerings to say, “The pastor is living off of the church’s money.” You’re running to Sundays when you STILL show up to serve people (after they’ve hurt you) who won’t show up if they’ve been hurt by you.
You’re running to some individuals who have an expectation OF YOU that outweighs their commitment TO YOU.
You’re running to days when you show up tired, sick and in pain….to preach to chairs left empty by individuals who stayed home because they were…well, tired, sick and in pain.
Trust me, there are many amazingly powerful, awesomely tremendous and spectacular victories in the course of leading sheep; however, there are wolves and goats in sheep clothing within EVERY flock. 🐺🐐🐑
I speak on behalf of ALL lead and senior pastors…cross denominational, racial and cultural lines — the task of shepherding is one of unique qualification; you have to be called in order to be sent…but you have to be crazy to answer the call…🤷🏽♂️ Please pray for Andrew’s family and church as they navigate through this difficult season of grief and loss. #PrayForYourPastor What are you doing to help your pastor live a little longer?
Today I leave you with this. Could we think about it? And possibly pray for our pastors and leaders?
I see how quickly people jump on social media to crucify and pastor who makes a tiny mistake while you are offended if a pastor preaches the word of God and it somehow even the slightest bit looks like he’s talking about you.
Let’s be more considerate about the fact that they too are human.
Practice the golden rule
Pastor Andrew had a great church, filled seats, lights, cameras, social media presence, just name it
but from what happened it was clear that he was not ok.
Take a minute to remember your pastor and his family and say a prayer for them too.
Dear pastor please remember that you are human too
If you need help speak out PLEASE!!!
Okay gotta go.
Let me go check on my pastor
I love my pastor.
I see him and all he does
Let me leave this here. May help you pray