Healthy Pastors!

1 Timothy 4:16 “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

I am really concerned about the health of pastors and leaders souls. Not only have I been on a massive journey of healing in my own soul but my eyes have been opened to see the need for spiritual health in leaders everywhere I turn. By spiritual health, I am not talking about numbers, dollars and success (or as I say “Buildings, Bodies & Bucks”). I am talking about the state of one’s soul – your HEART!

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart with all vigilance for out flow the springs of life.” Your heart is the epi-centre of your life. It’s the engine room of your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. We have got to take the wisdom writers advice and guard our hearts from contamination from fleshly toxicity. The way we do this is by keeping a watch on ourselves and our teaching. Why teaching? Because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. What comes out in our teaching is a reflection of what is in our hearts. You can only cover up for so long before what is really in your heart will be exposed. You can have your exegetical skills down pat and be able to inspire the masses and yet be void of joy, peace and life in your own soul.

Life and particularly ministry has a way of beating your soul down into an unhealthy place. The reality is you can be leading a successful ministry and yet be completely spiritually unhealthy. You can preach well and yet suffer from insecurity, gossiping, self-worship and megalomania. Pastors who are driven for success can go places their soul and character cannot sustain them in. We have got to be careful that we don’t fall prey to a performance orientation and drive ourselves and others towards goals that simply exist to feed emotional insecurities and narcissistic notions.

I’m convinced that a lot of pastors who are counseling people need counseling themselves. A lot of ministers praying with people need prayer ministry themselves. As you are dishing out spiritual medicine to your congregation make sure you are taking a swig of it your self because only a foolish man teaches others what they aren’t willing to embrace themselves.

I respect pastors and honour them for their work. I am the son of pastors and I have been a pastor for 10 years, most recently planting a Church 4 years ago. Pastors can get a raw deal at times and more congregations need to do more to bless, encourage and honour their pastors. Pastors have a God-given responsibility to watch the spiritual health of their own souls because so much is at stake, including the salvation of both themselves and their hearers.

Lead the Change!

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