Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. -2 Corinthians 13:11
Those in ministry are among the least encouraged people in the church.
Ministers give constantly of their time, despite being single or having a family, to helping others. Their “job” is 24/7/ Many think ministers only work on Sundays and one-week day with maybe a few home visits in between. However, this is not the case.
Anyone who is a leader in ministry, the pastor, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, women’s ministry leader, etc., has a great responsibility of being Christ’s example to the ones they teach. They are expected to be on call when someone falls ill, dies, has a child, or just needs a chat. They plan and conduct meetings, services, weddings, funerals, dedications, and in some denominations, baptisms.
They are called to be shepherds to their flock. In order to this effectively, they have to take time to be in Christ’s presence in order to learn from him. They are expected to really have a good comprehension of God’s Word and be able to explain it to others.
Leaders in ministry not only have to look after their people, they must take care of their own homes and immediate and extended families. And yet, they are expected by those around them to be all things to all people.
From what I have seen and heard, most leaders are weary from running constantly and trying to do everything. They are humans. Many forget this. They need rest. Even Jesus rested. However, for some reason, people think leaders are invincible, super-humans (sometimes they think so themselves) and don’t need to rest. What happens is churches end up having worn out, ill leaders.
A lot of leaders feel lonely and isolated. They are not allowed to show their emotions and have been taught to not get close to anyone in their congregations because of appearance’s sake. Their hearts ache but sadly, they have no one to share this heartache to for fear of gossip or being looked down upon by their superiors because they are struggling.
Leaders in ministry need a shepherd who loves and cares for them! They need to know they are loved, valued, and appreciated for what they are doing. Sadly, often, they hear the negative.
They know that God cares for them. They know they can cry out to him. However, many times, in a leader’s life, they are not just dealing with the congregation’s needs, they are dealing with their own. They struggle with their faith. They struggle to see if what they are doing is making any difference.
Leaders in ministry need someone who will be Christ with skin on to support, pray for, and encourage them as they minister to others.
Today, I want to encourage my fellow ministers of Christ, God is near the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He is with you. He loves you. He sees you and he knows your needs. God collects every tear that falls; he stores the tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). God knows all the needs of your people, your family, yourself.
I want you to read the following words that God and I say to you. These words are truth! They matter. Believe them.
God is proud of you!
You make God smile! 😊
You are loved more than you know, by God who is madly in love with you.
You are treasured!
You are valued!
You are amazing!
What you are doing is making a difference for the Kingdom!
God’s will is being accomplished through you!
Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing. Do not give up! Keep going, for God will reward all that you do!
Please know I am praying for you. God bless you all.