The Player-Coach

2 Timothy 4:11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on  you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Leadership is not best-illustrated by a drawing of a pyramid with the leader on top. It’s best illustrated by turning that pyramid upside down so that the point is on the bottom and now bears the weight of the entire structure. The difference in being a coach-pastor is that Jesus is there to bear the weight with him.

You who are parents can begin to understand the weight-of-responsibility that comes with leadership. It is not a joy-ride where you call all-the-shots and everyone scrambles to do your bidding. In fact, as a pastor, you don’t get to make that many decisions. You are proclaiming (prophesying) the decisions that God has already made. And scripture says that those in leadership will answer to God for your souls. I think we can all agree that our own soul is responsibility enough.

If you ask a pastor if he is happy in his ministry, you might find an answer like, “most of the time”. Why? Because just like parenting, there are incredible joy times and excruciating, personal pain.

All-in-all, however, the scripture says that your leaders watch-over-your-souls as ones who must give an account to God.

As we explore the word this week, God may open your eyes to see more-clearly the relationship between the leader and those he or she is responsible to lead. It will help you as a parent or in whatever leadership position you find yourself in.