The newspapers, television and the internet are littered with stories of pastors that have lost their ministries due to some sort of moral failure that couldn’t stay hidden. There are stories of embezzlement, tax evasion, pastors who were found to have porn on their computers, pastors who sacrificed their families for the ministry, and counseling sessions that turned into emotional affairs that turned into full fledged adultery.
Such is the life of the average pastor.
The average pastor gets burned out easily. The average pastor, once full of fire and passion, has taken too many punches and given up. They do not make time for their personal growth. They do not make their family a priority. Often times, the average pastor has a flailing relationship with God. It seems that the average pastor does not read the Bible for his own spiritual health but only for preparing sermons and writing Bible studies. After willpower runs out and the work still seems difficult, frustrating, hard, the average pastor quits.
Average is so…average.
What is the answer to average? Becoming a renegade.
Searcy does a wonderful job communicating his heart for pastors. Renegade shows pastors that we do not have to settle for being average. God didn’t create us to inevitably fail or to submit to moral downfall. Far from it.
A renegade pastor makes his relationship with God the first priority in his life. A renegade pastor makes his wife second, only to God, and then his kids. His family is higher on his priority list even before his extended family or his church. Getting these in order is important.
A renegade pastor works hard at cultivating his own life and making disciples. He is diligent and works to lead others and point them to Jesus.
A renegade pastor takes it upon himself to never stop learning. He is always a student. He is responsible for his own personal growth. When you stop growing, you start dying.
At the end of the day, when the renegade pastor stands before Jesus to be held accountable of the life that was given to him, he wants to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
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