Do You Receive Joy or Groaning from Your Congregation?

[fa icon="calendar"] October 27, 2017 / by District Office

flock of sheep grazing in green pastureFrom time to time I come across articles in different places that either I identify with, or I have pastors who I know can identify with. The fact of the matter is, we are in the people business. And while most of our people are amazing, there are those who quite frankly are not. They drain us, they discourage us, etc. If this happens to you, I just want you to be encouraged that you are not alone, and it probably isn't your fault. Be encouraged to be the shepherd God is calling you to be.


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Hurtful Sheep and Bullied Shepherds


The final “Amen” was given and my friend descended the pulpit and took his usual place at the back door. As people filed by shaking his hand, one particular member of the congregation approached him. Foregoing any and all pleasantries he immediately began to humiliatingly pick apart the message that had only ended minutes before. Overwhelmed by the onslaught, my friend had no idea what to say or do. Thankfully, an older gentleman who was visiting—actually a retired pastor—overheard the harangue and interrupted: “What do you think you’re doing?” The man replied with all seriousness: “I have the spiritual gift of nitpicking and it’s my job to humble the preacher.” Defensively, the retired pastor fired back: “That’s nothing but spiritual bullying and it’s absolutely unacceptable!”

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