Pastor Mark Driscoll said, “Your pastor [at any level] may be the loneliest guy in your church, and unless you are him that probably doesn’t make any sense at all.” Pray for him!!
I had a Dad who was a pastor and here I can relate some. I don’t know very much but I think I know prayer: Here’s a thought (among many) to pray with… pastors and everyone else!
“It’s true; many pastors don’t know how (or have troubles) in being vulnerable in sharing themselves with others and still trust God for respect from people in their own ministry. But we can be empowered (in God) to embrace humility and vulnerability ‘with’ our ministry as Jesus did. Our embracing our vulnerability is part of our ministry in contributing to ‘the increase’ of the Kingdom!!
We can do this by knowing who we are fully in Christ who is our sacrifice for the Father’s Covenant of salvation Gen.15:17!!
Respect from others may or may not come, but through our Faith God grants us through His living Word the ability to stand and face the ministry in power & effectiveness, whether in perceived weakness or in perceived empowerment seen from others! This is how I think wise pastors don’t worry about what their own people or others think about them. But they do continue to be concern for their people and how they relate to them personally without pastoral pride. Growth in love, purity, & ‘wisdom’, for all, is the thing!!
[I pray this all makes sense to some pastors. I had a father who was a pastor and only ‘realized’ his needs and passions after he went to be with the Lord in 2004. ]