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Things That Keep An Apostolic Pastor Up At Night

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Things That Keep An Apostolic Pastor Up At Night

 

Being a pastor involves much more than just standing behind the pulpit. As an under-shepherd of the Lord’s flock he has the responsibility of their spiritual protection, feeding, and care. Knowing that some day he must answer to God, a pastor who is according to His heart, strives to be very careful.

A refreshed pastor is more likely to bring a fresh word for his hearers. Tired and burnt-out ones may be happy to just get through the day. That is where a good nights rest is worth its weight in gold.

 

Sometimes He Wakes Up In The Night And His Mind Won’t Shut Back Down.

  • That’s when his sleep is gone.
  • That’s when he worries.
  • That’s when he tosses and turns.
  • That’s when he is desperate for the answer from God about what to do.
  • That’s when his wife has her sleep disturbed.
  • That’s when he has to get up and go into another room.

 

So, What Keeps Your Pastor Up At Night? What If It Was You?

 

Is It You Keeping Him Awake?

  • Your spiritual condition.
  • Your attitude.
  • Your critical comments.
  • Your withdrawal.
  • Your missing church.
  • Your bad choices.
  • Your disobedience.
  • Your playing with fire.
  • Your choice of questionable friends.
  • Your criticisms of godliness and standards.
  • Your lack of prayer.
  • Your lack of worship.
  • Your leaving immediately after church.
  • Your giving money to everything but God.
  • Your refusal to pay tithes.
  • Your unresponsiveness to preaching.
  • Your lack of involvement to church functions and workdays.
  • Your influence on others.
  • Your marriage problems.

 

Is It The Lack Of Money For The Church?

  • Church payments coming due, knowing his name is on the line.
  • The utility bills.
  • How to pay the evangelist.
  • Wondering why all the saints won’t pay tithes.

 

Is It The Lack Of Money For Himself?

  • Deciding whether to get a second job or resign.
  • Wondering how he will be able to pay his bills.

 

Is It The Consequences Of Preaching Holiness?

  • What will happen if he preaches holiness from the pulpit?
  • What will happen if he enforces it?
  • What will happen if he doesn’t?
  • Why would people who want the Holy Ghost not want to be holy?

 

Is It Staff Members Who Are Out Of Line?

  • They are unproductive.
  • They have to be told what to do continually and followed up on.
  • They mainly create more problems than they do good.
  • They think they own the position.
  • They think they are the steward of the church finances and not the pastor.
  • They divulge sensitive information to others.
  • They will get hurt and offended if replaced.

 

Is It The Church Members Who Leave?

  • Every pastor asks himself what else could he have done?
  • Every pastor takes it personal.
  • Every pastor wonders who will go with them.

 

Is It Church Members Who Are Offended?

  • Those who wont stop fighting.
  • Those who are habitually offended.
  • Those who stay home to show their disapproval.

 

Is It Trying To Pastor A Church That Resists Revival?

  • A church that is content with church as usual and will not push itself toward revival.
  • A church that has lost a spirit of prayer.
  • A church that lost its spirit of worship.
  • A church that lets the praise singers do the worship for them.
  • A church that lets the same six or seven worship in the audience.
  • A church that won’t witness.
  • A church that is cliquish.
  • A church that won’t rally behind the pastor.
  • A church that never catches the pastor’s vision.
  • A church that is dead.

 

Things You Can Do To Help Your Pastor Sleep Better At Night!

  • Pray through.
  • Love your brother.
  • Pay your tithes.
  • Worship with all your heart.
  • Come early for prayer.
  • Get involved in church.
  • Become a soul winner.
  • Make yourself available.
  • Give your heart to God.
  • Give your hand to your pastor.
  • Verbalize your support to him.
  • Tell him you love him, and then show it.
  • Pray for him.

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 12, 2016 at 9:35 am

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  1. This blog comes from the heart of a man that has pastored for a while. The insights & concepts are totally correct. I believe that many of the pastors who have compromised the holiness message today is because they want to please the congregation. I learned many years ago that a pastor can only please God but will never be able to please everyone in the pews.
    Thank you my friend for your words of wisdom that will help many pastors. God bless!

    geraldada

    November 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

  2. This tells the story…all of it is so truth, thanks for pointing them out

    Isabel James

    November 12, 2016 at 10:04 am

  3. Thank you for writing this article!

    Carl

    November 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  4. I wanted to comment on the portion where the pastor takes it personal when people leave. I hope they really don’t. Leaving a church is because the Saint is moving away from God and they think that going somewhere else will fix it. It won’t fix it.

    veridicalangel

    November 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  5. Thank you for the article. Very insightful, and makes me appreciate my Pastor even more. It’s a glimpse into a pastor’s heart. Most folks don’t have the faintest clue what a pastor goes through. As Paul said, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved”. If the ministry was as thin-skinned as some saints, no church would ever have a pastor longer than a few months. And yet they hide their hurt and put on a smile and march to the pulpit and preach till the world looks flat. I think I’m going to read this at our next Pastor Appreciation dinner.

    Joseph Gibson - Vidor, TX

    November 16, 2016 at 1:59 pm


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