Church Leadership
The Distracted Pastor
It's great to have online influence, but not at the cost of our family or the congregation we’ve been called to lead and guide with love.
When keyboard warriors start banging on the keys, tearing down their brothers and sisters in Christ, “for the truth,” it’s rarely with gentleness and respect, but unkindness and pride.

And when I look at their profiles and see the word “pastor” listed, my heart absolutely sinks. Not because I disagree with them, but because they have a church to lead, a church to love, a church to shepherd.

I fear members in hospitals longing for a prayer, I fear relationships in shambles, I fear wandering sheep in danger, but somehow they’ve been convinced it’s okay.

The “here and now” shepherd

I pray to God I’m wrong, but 1 Peter 5:1-5 comes into play here. I love the influence I have with the pod, blog, and book, but not more than my family, or the church I’ve been called to lead and guide with love.

I’m to shepherd the flock here, not bang keys and divide for stuff there.

I say all that to say, pastors, especially those of us with measures of influence on social media: wield it graciously, gently, and to the glory of God, and please, please don’t do so while your family and church are like jilted brides, lonely and neglected.

All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5b, CSB)

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August 09, 2019 at 8:00 PM

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