Just what is a Lost Shepherd? We know what a shepherd in a church is, it’s the pastor. But have you ever thought about what happens to them when they are hurting? Who is going to look for them and care for them?
That’s what this blog is all about…helping those shepherds/pastors/ministers that are lost and hurting find their way back into the grace and love of Jesus Christ. This blog is also for those pastors and leaders looking for wisdom and guidance when facing a crisis situation and how to handle it.
We have to face the fact that church leadership will always makes mistakes. They also deserve the same grace, forgiveness and love that they extend to others. Many pastors have been put on pedestals and not allowed to be human. That is a tragic mistake. When a leader sins there does not need to be shamed or embarrassed. That is not what the church is about. Unfortunately, this condemnation sends leaders away from their friends and congregations, sometimes never to be heard from again. We aren’t supposed to do that with the sheep of the congregation, so why do it with our leaders?
Simply put, two sets of standards are put into play, one for leaders and one for followers.
We do hold our leaders to a high expectation but WHEN they fall short they must be treated with gentleness, love and compassion. The example of exiting a pastor because their child makes a mistake or due to a moral failure is simply wrong. We are supposed to allow God to work His amazing grace into that person’s life, allowing them to repent, then gently love them back into the congregation and back into their leadership roles if possible.
I know many people don’t think that a “fallen” pastor has any business being in a leadership role again, but these men and women have callings on their lives and restoration cannot be exclusive to the members of a church…it’s for us all!
If you know of a shepherd that has been lost for a while…help them find their way back.