God is more concerned about the character of church leaders than our professional skill-set.
First, because God is always more concerned about character than skill, not just in pastors. Second, because the personal, moral and spiritual character of the pastor will be directly reflected in the lives of those we’re closest to. And in a small church, that tends to be very close.
Something like this had to be on Paul’s mind when he told the Corinthians to “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ,” (1 Cor 11:1) don’t you think?
Check the Mirror
So, here’s an idea for the next time we’re tempted to complain about the congregation we pastor.
If we’ve been the pastor for five years or longer (23 and counting for me) we need to ask ourselves these questions:
I’m not happy with my church, could that be a reflection on how I feel about myself?
If so, what part of my own spiritual development do I need to work on first?
If we become like the people we’re closest to, let’s start by getting closer to Jesus.
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