What Your Pastor Can’t Tell You

Jared Massey —  January 26, 2012

Recently, my wife and I went through a rollercoaster of emotions as we dealt with many personal health struggles.  While this situation ended well for both of us, and also ended with news that we are expecting another child this fall, it was a long and personal struggle.  Because of the nature of some of it, we chose not to share it with anyone outside of our immediate families.  This meant that the people in our church, including the volunteers that serve with us, thought everything was fine.

I suspect that similar situations happen every day in churches across this country.  Pastors, for personal reasons, choose not to share every little detail of their life with church members and volunteers. 

Your pastor might right now be struggling with something that they are unable to share.  Maybe they are wrestling with health issues, their personal calling, temptations, family stress, or any number of possible difficulties.  They need their volunteers to pray for them and with them, even when you don’t know what you are praying for.  During these difficult times, a well timed word of encouragement, facebook message, or thank you card speaks volumes. 

I’m going to challenge you today to do two things.  First, pray for your pastor or children’s pastor today.  Don’t do it later, do it as soon as you finish reading this post.  Second, let your pastor know you are praying for them by either a phone call, email, card, text, etc.  Remind them that if they ever need prayer for something specific, you’d be happy to pray with them.

Jared Massey

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Jared is the associate pastor at Warsaw Assembly of God in Warsaw, IL where his primary responsibilities include children's and youth ministries. He also works full time during the week at local bank. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have one son.

2 responses to What Your Pastor Can’t Tell You

  1. This post reminded me of a time someone asked my husband (the pastor) why he didn’t have personal prayer requests. My husband answered, “Because most of my stress/issues comes from people in the congregation and I can’t mention anyone by name.”

    The person he said this to was a friend and thought it was funny response – but actually, how true it is for many pastors.