Small Church Pastors: A Tribute To The Forgotten Heroes

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There are millions of small church pastors doing great, kingdom-building work with little or no budget, little or no facilities and little or no salary. Yet every day they bear as much, if not more pastoral burden as their full-time big church counterparts. All without recognition for the extraordinary sacrifices they make (not that they’re expecting any).

They teach the Word, pray for the sick, comfort the hurting, visit the forgotten and more. Often while putting in 40 or more hours at another job to pay the bills.

Small church pastors are not the failures among us, they are the heroes among us.

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6 thoughts on “Small Church Pastors: A Tribute To The Forgotten Heroes”

  1. To whoever will read this

    I belong to a small church. I have been a member there for 20 years. I met my husband there and we have 3 children. For the last 3 years or so I have been feeling a disconnect and I had been praying for it to go away because I love my church and we’re taught when you start feeling like you’re no longer supposed to be there, it’s certainly the enemy. So I Continued to pray.

    But the feeling would not leave. I tried to ignore the disrespect across the pulpit. The yelling when we don’t show up for something going on in the ministry. The commands to no longer associate with people that leave. The toughest one to sit through and ignore was when his son who was a 28 year old minister and Vice President of the youth department began sleeping with one of the teens when she was 17. When she turned 18 he felt it was ok to make it public. The pastors swept it under the rug and so her mother had to take her out of the church. Shortly after she left he began having sex with another teenager. She was 17 and he was 29 when it began. They are a couple now and we all sat back and watched this happen.

    I forgot to mention one very important detail. When this all was occurring I was the president of the youth department. Needless to say I stepped down because I could no longer watch young girls be preyed upon. When I stepped down his son became the president and a new on fire for God, 27 year old young woman who had recently joined the church became Vice President.

    Fast forward 3 years later and we were all just informed that our pastor just fathered a baby with the 27 year old young woman who became Vice President of the youth department. She’s 30 now.

    The sad part is I know I’m supposed to leave but I don’t know how. I am an elder in this ministry and my husband a deacon but I also have 3 children 23,16, and 11 that are watching me and my husband and asking a lot of questions. Our pastor has repented and I truly forgive him but I don’t want to be a member there anymore.

    Another difficult challenge is walking away from my church family and knowing that I am about to endure the hardship of losing close friends and family even. Also My entire church family has decided to stay so I know I will be ridiculed and ostracized for leaving. It’s kind of surreal to watch them all standby by his side like this. Don’t get me wrong. I know that certain people are supposed to stay and uphold him but I have a responsibility to me children and my husband who does not want to stay right? Another dilemma is I don’t know where to go.

        1. From what you’ve described Renee I think you know what to do. The church situation sounds very unhealthy, abusive actually and you should leave. I say this as the pastor of a small church! Every encouragement to you; Christ’s kingdom is not meant to be like what you’ve described, and he grieves over it. In Christ, Andrew

    1. Hi Renee. I’m sorry for not seeing your comment until now.

      My article was written from the perspective of a pastor of an otherwise healthy church. Your situation sounds very much like an extraordinarily unhealthy church. In such a situation, walking away sounds like it might be the best option for you.

      I’ve pastored three churches. I’ve been at my current one for over 25 years, but I was only at my previous one for 20 months because it was a hazard to my family’s emotional and spiritual health.

      As far as finding a church to go to, I’d suggest prayerfully looking around for a church where you can rest and find some healing for a period of time. Ask other Christians about the church they go to. It may take a while to find one, but keep praying and keep looking.

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