Monday, August 25, 2008

People Will Get Mad at You if You Do it Right

Here is an interesting clip from an interview with Tim Keller on the Pastor and his family.

This is probably one of the hardest aspects of being a pastor. I can see it from my own perspective, just starting out as a husband (our 4 year anniversary is Thursday) and as a Father (Abby turns 2 in November) - but I can also see it through the eyes of my mentor, who is much further along in his life and ministry.

I hear how others 'get mad' - both at myself and at him - when the balls drop, as they are bound to do. But Mr. Keller is right... if you are doing it right - not to say that I do, or that my mentor does - but if you are doing it right, people are going to get mad at you.

And it is so incredibly difficult to balance your calling as a husband and as a father, with that of your calling as a pastor - the shepherd of God's people... We want to be all things to all people - we are called to be that - but there is an order and a priority of the three which comes from God. And as angry as your people may get at you for doing it the right way - by not doing so you are disqualifying yourself from making the congregation happy anyway...

May as well have them mad at your for a good reason...

This is one of many reasons why it is so important to have a wise and strong session.

HT: Unashamed Workman

Thursday, August 07, 2008