I pastor a church of about 250 people. We have a great prayer team and amazing small group leaders! But still, the weight of the prayer requests and the burdens of the people in our small/medium sized church is pretty incredible. I know I’m still pretty new to this whole “lead pastor” thing. I have a hard time imaging what it’s like pastoring a church of 500 or more and what those burdens are like!
But maybe it’s like parenting? When you are a parent to one kid, their needs feel almost overwhelming. Then you add more kids and your parenting muscles get stronger. Maybe it’s the same with pastoring?
God builds your prayer and shepherding muscles so you can care for more and more. I know I need to continue to also learn from Moses and take Jethro’s advice (Exodus 18). Some of that probably just comes as a church matures in age.
Anyways- my prayer is that God would teach me to know how to number my days and to let Him carry my burdens and the burdens of the people I shepherd and lead. Which made me think of this awesome song:
I don’t know what burdens you are carrying. But my prayer for you is that you too can learn that you don’t need to carry the weight alone. Let God carry your burden. Let God carry YOU.
Better days are coming my friend. We’re all on a journey. The best is yet to come!