Wednesday, February 22, 2006

"Touch not my anointed one"

Curt Hendley, "The Happy Husband", has a blog celebrating marriage. He also has a section of the blog dedicated to "ministering to pastors". I appreciate his writings on both subjects, marriage and ministry. Here is an excerpt from his page on ministering to pastors:

My request to you is that you respond with a blog post (or a link to a post if you’ve already written one) listing some practical ways a congregation can encourage their pastor. If you’re reticent about revealing that sort of thing on your own blog, I would be happy to post something you write on my blog and remove your name from it–sort of an "advice from an anonymous pastor" kind of thing. I really want to know this, and I want the flock to stop being unaware of their shepherd’s humanity and needs. If you decide to write a post about this, please let me know so I can read it and link to it.

Here is a practical bit of advice for congregations: If you are tempted to send an email to your pastor, please don't flame him. Don't say things you will regret having expressed, when you go to church the next time. And, please, before you press the "send" button, consider what effect your words will have on the reader(s). Remember that e-mail is not a private means of communication. The words you write may be read by staff members and family members of the pastor, including the pastor's wife!

Someday, perhaps I'll write a book: "Dear Congregation," sub-titled, "Everything I've always wanted to tell you, and you've always wanted to know, about being a pastor's wife." The thing that always amazes me most is that people don't realize how badly their words can hurt. It's like they think that pastors are so spiritual they can take anything people dish out to them, even if it's inspired by the devil himself. They don't seem to understand that the devil uses their words to attack and destroy men of God.

God understands, though, and He keeps account of every evil word spoken against His servants.

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