What you need to know about your pastor

Typically, I take an everyday event or situation and then make a Jesus point out of it.  Today there is no story about birds or pizza as in introduction.  Today’s blog is just a reminder… a reminder that your pastor is a flawed human being just like you are.  And there is no event that triggered the blog post today.  It was not so long ago that I sat in the pews of Sistersville First United Methodist Church. I remember asking my pastor where stories were in the Bible. I expected him to be like a Google Search knowing exactly where every Bible story and verse was.  Now, I realize how unrealistic that was.  The hardest thing for church people to understand is that their pastor, or pastors in general, are just people like they are.  Am I held to a higher standard?  Yes.  Do I have a problem with that?  No.  Should I be cursing?  No.  But neither should you.  Can you get away with it easier than I can?   Probably.  But pastors are people like you, doing their best to walk with their Savior.  Odds are that your pastor goes through dry spells, neglects reading the Bible at times, and struggles to be the super pray-er you expect him or her to be.  At least this pastor does.  I am like a parent who does the best they can at the time and looks back and wishes they had done better.  Many of you can relate to that.

I said there is no event that triggered today’s blog.  That is not entirely true.  What brought it to my mind to share is yesterday’s farewell to our Potomac Highlands District Superintendent Mike Estep.  We had a district conference yesterday where we, as a group, said our goodbyes and expressed our thanks to Mike and his wife Sara.  (Clergy spouses is an entirely different blog post).  Mike and Sara have served the Potomac Highlands District for all five years that Diane and I have been here.  We came to the district at the same time.  In the farewell liturgy, he read a statement apologizing for the ways he has failed us.  He asked for forgiveness.  We read a statement telling him we forgave him and asked him to forgive us for the ways we had failed him.  (Not attending very many district clergy meetings came to my mind as something I was apologizing for.)  He read a statement and said he forgives us.  And we all prayed a prayer together.  He did his best and will leave the district with peace.  We will get a new district superintendent.  He will do his best.  His best will not be perfect.  But it will be his best.  That is enough.  That is all the Lord asks.  And that is all we can ask.

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