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Should Pastors Repent Publically?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:33 AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:33 AM

Recently our church held a service to celebrate what God had done over the past year. It was a great time of celebration, with a twist. On...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:34 AM

Guilt Producing Questions Pastors Secretly Ask Themselves

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:34 AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:34 AM

I've served as a pastor for over 30 years in churches as small as 4 1/2 (my wife, two preschoolers, and one on the way) to churches that approached 2,000 attenders. The locations have included the far west, the mid-west, the south, and the southwest.

A sampling of responses to the question, "How well do you think the pastor did?" would include...
He was great. I'm sad he moved.
I'm glad he left.
His preaching really inspired me.
I just wasn't getting fed.
He really cared about people.
He was distant and unavailable.
He had great leadership skills.
He's no John Maxwell.
If you've served in ministry for any time, you've probably asked yourself this question, "How well am I really doing?" If you've not asked that exact question, I'm sure you've secretly asked yourself some pretty probing ones that made you feel guilty.

There are guilt-producing questions pastors secretly ask themselves. I've listed a few questions below that those in ministry probably ask. What do you think? What would you add to this list?
Why do I sometimes want to skip church on Sundays?
Am I spending enough time preparing my sermons?
Why do people really leave my church?
I love my wife deeply. But if I think another woman is attractive, am I crazy? Or worse, am I sinning?
Why do I feel like I don't measure up to the expectations of ... the board, my staff, my spouse or ...? Is it their problem or mine?
Am I spending enough time with my family?
Do I pray enough?
Does owning nice things like a nice house or a new car or enjoying things like a vacation diminish my example? Is it wrong to have or experience what others in my church have?
Why do I sometimes feel anger inside toward people?

These questions are not unnatural. We are after all, human. Don’t beat yourself up for having these thoughts. Try refocusing on God’s word and His promises to regain the right perspective. Talk your feelings over with a safe and trusted friend or counselor.


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