The expectations of a Pastor or Christian leader or many times unattainable. We are “expected” to act, think, speak, react, plan, budget, raise kids, have a marriage, counsel, lead, encourage, and O yeah…Preach to perfection.
I think we all know these are unrealistic, and these kind of expectations have destroyed so many promising leaders’ future…
1. Admit often to those in your church, staff and to yourself, you are not perfect and still a work in progress.
You’re just like they are. Not perfect, just pursuing Jesus. Just trying to be more like Him. This always helps take the pressure off of the pastor and the people.
2. Be transparent to those you lead.
I always remind those around me, “I’m an imperfect man, pursuing a Perfect God, helping other imperfect people do the same. Tell them when you struggle. Let them be transparent with you.
3. Don’t be afraid to confess.
If you make a mistake, admit that it was a mistake. Don’t try to hide it or cover it up. It’s not about you being right, it’s about getting it right for the Kingdom. Don’t be afraid to confess where you mess things up.
OK, What else ya got? What should an imperfect pastor do?