Church, the gathering of believers to worship, encourage, and sit under God’s teaching, takes many forms across the country as well as throughout the world. Whether you worship in a gathering of 50, 500, or 5,000, the pastor is the crucial component of each body of believers—the leader ordained to shepherd the flock. Though he may never say it out loud, the pastor spends hours each week preparing to execute a service that will best meet the needs of the congregation. From coordinating with the worship team, to preparing a message that is biblically sound and engaging, they do more than many of us can imagine. Most who are called to pastoral leadership carry the job with amazing grace and few complaints. Yet, as I undertake my new personal journey as a pastor’s wife for Enlighten Church, I can see how many unspoken needs local pastors carry with them daily.
Truthfully, many members of the body of Christ have become comfortable with being just consumers on Sunday morning. In doing so, members neglect leaders who pour themselves out for the good of the body. Here are 10 things your pastor may need, but will never ask for:
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