Last week I had the privilege of traveling with my Senior Pastor, Rod Loy, for a very important trip. We were meeting with some of the leadership of our denomination to discuss the possibility of a VERY cool project that could make a major impact on Kids Ministry. It was exciting!
During that quick, 24 hour trip, I was able to be a "fly on the wall" of sorts and get a glimpse into the kind of pressure my pastor faces on a daily basis. While I drove, his phone rang almost nonstop. In that short amount of time he had to handle phone calls and emails dealing with several people's health crises, someone's job loss, talked another pastor who he is coaching through a crisis in their church, and dealt with several emails from people who were personally attacking and criticizing him.
All the while, he never complained or showed any signs of frustration. He graciously prayed with, counseled, and shared with each person - giving them individual attention and care. It was amazing to see. I wasn't sure I could have handled it as well as he did.
I began to think, "If I hadn't been right beside him, I wouldn't have known this day was as tough as it was. He never would have told me about it. He never would have come crying or complaining to the staff about how tough things are." That convicted me.
Too often I am guilty of assuming that just because I don't hear about the stresses and pressures my pastor is dealing with, then they must not be happening. I assume things are fine and dandy, all the while he is battling tremendously in the spirit realm with all sorts of crises. He needs a solid prayer covering DAILY!
I committed that day to step up my game and pray even more earnestly for my Pastor, my leader, my mentor. He and his family are under constant attack of the enemy, and they need prayer to withstand these attacks. I repented for not praying enough for him and committed to change that.
What about you? Are you praying daily for your Senior Pastor and his family? Are you praying earnestly for them, doing battle in the spirit realm? God has placed you under his leadership. It is your responsibility to cover your pastor and his family in prayer. Let's commit as Kids Ministry Leaders to pray DAILY for our pastors. You'll be glad you did!