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10 Things Pastors Need to Hear from Their Congregations

Just a few ideas.

This is a re-post from Eric's blog.

Yesterday, Rachel Held Evans posted a list of 11 things she, as a layperson, wished that we pastors said more often. I commented that I thought the list was fantastic, and a fellow commenter suggested making a companion list of 10 things pastors wish their congregations said more often.

This is my attempt at such a list, and it should not be construed as a direct criticism of my parish–indeed, some of these items are things they already say to me that I wish other churches would say more frequently to their pastors!

1. How can I be praying for you?

I do a lot of praying with people and for people while rarely asking for prayer in return. But I definitely need prayer in return, because I am not Super-Pastor. Some days, I barely even feel like an ordinary, un-super pastor, because on my own, I am simply a very, very weak man.

2. I'm sorry. I was wrong. Please forgive me.

This is a direct copy-and-paste of Rachel's own #2 item, because it definitely fits ...

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