There’s always going to be some people in your church who will never really see you as their leader/elder/pastor. They’ll come along, they’ll attend, they’ll agree with this and disagree with that. They might find you arrogant (ironic!), they might think you’re too young (again, read 1Tim 4:12), they might have some theological idea about how church leaders shouldn’t have authority (???). But in the end, in their eyes, your not their pastor.
The only thing you can do, as Scripture says, is set “an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”. Only by God’s grace can you become someone’s pastor, as you continue to wash them with the word of the gospel.
Don’t bother trying anything else. And… don’t bother caring much about it either. There’s nothing you can do.
2 thoughts on “If someone won’t see you as their leader, there’s not much you can do.”
The problem with that logic is that it assumes the problem is entirely owned by the member of the congregation.
Yeah… I agree… It’s not a logical thing that happens. If only people were logical in their relationships and communities!?!
It’s just what happens. You could be a great, trustworthy bible teacher… And still there’ll be people who, in their heart, will refuse to see you as their pastor.
So, when “the problem is entirely owned by the member of the congregation”, that’s precisely why there’s nothing you can do about it.
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