10. Pray for your benefit and joy.
Your pastor or leadership team are human just like you and may require your patience as they grow through something. They grieve, their hearts get weary, they are sometimes wrong. But at the end of the day God has chosen so graciously to work through leaders as humans.
You can rest your confidence in God’s design to get His agenda accomplished, even when a leader is less than perfect. When an individual rests in the Lord’s design that way, instead of demanding from the leader something that even God Himself might not demand, we actually end up experiencing more fulfillment and blessing. If we are hard “sheep,” we become a burden to our leaders and Scripture tells us this is no benefit to us.
Pray for yourself and your congregation to be a joy to your church leadership. Most leadership teams I’ve known were exceptionally encouraged and fueled forward when they felt the joy of serving. Who knows what a little extra joy might do in your church!
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (Hebrews 13:17)
April Motl is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and women’s ministry director. When she’s not waist deep in the joys and jobs of motherhood, being a wife, and serving at church, she writes and teaches for women. You can find more encouraging resources from April here and here.
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