People often ask me if being a pastor is tough. They assume that it is. And while there are times when the crises in people’s lives, the pressures of ministry leadership and my own inadequacies seem overwhelming, I can tell you that I truly love being a pastor.
Here’s 4 reasons why.
1. Front Row Admission: It’s amazing. God is at work in many people’s lives, but much of it goes on behind the scenes, known only to close friends. Everyday, people make decisions to trust God that are breath-taking–breaking off an affair, reaching out in mission, following Jesus into crazy, faith-stretching places, digging into the Bible and finding truth for the first time, loving and forgiving when there has been so much hurt. And I get a front row seat as God’s kingdom life unfolds. I get to hear the stories, see the lights go on in the eyes, walk with people as God is overhauling their lives. A privilege and an honour.
3. Communicating Transforming Truth: I know that when God’s Word gets planted and growing in people, everything changes. As a pastor, I get to study the Bible and communicate God’s life-changing truth to people every week! And coach and train other gifted communicators in our community to do the same. This is a huge responsibility, but it is also a joy.
3. The Gift-Work Match: I do not take this lightly, because I’ve got friends who have similar gifts and callings to mine, but do not have a work match to fit. Everyday, I get up in the morning and work with all my heart in a “day-job” that perfectly matches my gifts, calling and vocation. Terrific synergy. I love it.
4. Helping People Find and Follow Jesus: When it comes right down to it, this one probably excites me the most. As a pastor, I get to meet with people who are seeking spiritual answers and point them to Jesus. And as a leader, I am influencing our church to become a community who loves people far from God and are committed to helping people find and follow Jesus into his kingdom life.
And that’s why I love being a pastor.