What kind of pastors do we need?

Yesterday, I had the privilege to be on a phone call with a bunch of other young pastors to glean insights from Dr. Ronnie Floyd. If you’re unaware or unmoved by that name, that’s fine – that wasn’t the point in my telling it – but I’ll tell you this, he is the former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Pastor, and from Texas. 

During our time together, he shared a bit about Vision Casting and the local church. I’m telling you – it may have been the best hour I’ve had in the office this month. Surprisingly, I had the opportunity to ask him a question personally. I say surprisingly, because I really thought that with 30-40 guys on call, I’d not have a shot to speak with him. But alas, I was given a shot.

My question was this: “How often to you cast personal vision?”

Think about it. When was the last time you took time to think out your own personal vision? What goals do you have? What do you want to accomplish? In what time frame? Have you talked to your wife about this?!

Dr. Floyd gave some incredibly helpful insights… some things I am still thinking and wrestling over, but that will be a blog post for another day. Following his response, I took a few minutes to gather my thoughts and reflected… but this question kept creeping into my mind:

“What kind of pastors do we need in the church today?”

With the status of our country, the status of our world, the pressures so many are feeling in a variety of directions, the incredible amount of fear people are feeling every single day. I mean, during our Wednesday prayer service the other night, a lady timidly confessed to our group that Monday had been a disaster and she still hadn’t recovered from the sadness. What kind of pastor did she need in that moment?

This was followed the other day by saying good-morning to one of my assistants, she looked to her left, tears filled her eyes, and she began to weep. The hurt she described from the pastor of her church, the loneliness she felt at church, the 8 yr old who was pestering her… well, it was raw, real, and serious. She felt her pastor wasn’t supporting her. What kind of pastor did she need in that moment?

We need pastors…
willing to be changed.
willing to listen.
willing to be quiet.
willing to share.
willing to pray.
willing to weep for their people.
willing to weep for their city.
willing to weep for their country.
willing to weep for the world.
willing to care.
willing to make peace.
willing to serve.
willing to forgive.
willing to see the best in others.
willing to love.
willing to allow the Bible to shape their lives.
willing to be famous in the home rather than in the public square (not that you can’t be both).
willing to slow down in the halls and foyers of their church to listen to their people.
willing to speak the truth in love.
willing to hold the hand of the sick.
willing to lead.
willing to do what’s right when others think it isn’t right.
willing to strive for unity.
willing to encourage.
willing to laugh… at themselves.
willing to shepherd the flock God has entrusted to them.

We need pastors who are willing. Not simply gifted preachers with incredible outward empowerment of the Holy Spirit, but broken men who have been radically transformed by the Holy Spirit.

After my phone conference call with Dr. Floyd I prayed, thanking God for the time we had together. Thanking God that there are men, like Dr. Floyd, with whom men like me can stand on their shoulders. We are given an opportunity in this time, in the place, during this season, to make an impact on the world God loves so much He died for it.

May there be many more young men who are willing to do what God has called us to do. Will you join me? Are you willing?