“Pastor, you know that every day you give personal empirical evidence that you have not yet arrived. Every day you think, desire, say, and do things that point to the existence of remaining sin within your heart.”
Pastors need the local church and the ministry of the people they have been called to lead.
“Because… the pastor [has] the responsibility of training God’s people for their member-to-member ministry function, I am afraid that we have unwittingly concluded that the pastor is above a need of what the rest of the body needs and does… The pastor is in the unique position of not only training the body for this ministry but also of personally needing the very ministry for which he trains them.”
“[The pastor] is a member of the body of Christ who himself desperately needs the ministry of the very body he has been called to train and lead.”
“Pastor, you too need to be surrounded by well-trained teachers and faithful, loving admonishers.”
“Should we not conclude, then, that it is dangerous for the pastor to live outside of the essential ministry of the body of Christ, which is there to guard, protect, confront, encourage, grow, and, if need, restore him?”