The People’s View of the Perfect Pastor

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

This was passed along to me.
It’s called: “The People’s View of the Perfect Pastor”

A recent survey has compiled all the qualities that people expect from the perfect pastor:

Results of a computerized survey indicated that the perfect pastor preaches exactly 12 minutes.

He has to stir people to change their way of living and live for Jesus but never upset anyone.

He works from 8 a.m. until midnight and is also a janitor.

He makes $400 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $80 a week to the poor.

He is 28 years of age, but he’s been preaching for 30 years.

He is wonderfully gentle and handsome.

He gives himself completely but never gets too close to anyone to avoid criticism.

He speaks boldly on social issues, but must never become politically involved.

He has a burning desire to work with teenagers, but he spends all his time with senior citizens.

He makes 15 daily calls to parish families, visits shut-ins and the hospitalized, spends all his time evangelizing the unchurched, and is always in his office when needed.

Did you know:

  • About 1300 Pastors resign from of the ministry a month
  • 90% have felt they have been inadequately trained to cope with the demands of the job
  • About 80% feel that ministry affects their family in a negative way
  • 70% of ministers have a lower self-image now than when they started in ministry
  • 70% have no one they can call a friend
  • 50% have considered leaving the ministry in the last 3 months

How about recognizing the gift of God your Pastor. How about finding a way to show your appreciation for the effort and sacrifices he makes. How about understanding that he also has to live his life out by the same faith he imparts to you!

1 Timothy 5:17 (NASB) “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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