You know that show "Kids Say The Darndest Things"?
Sometimes in youth ministry, Trent and I feel like we are on that show...
Last night we somehow got off topic (that NEVER happens) because one of the youth asked Trent if he cusses. Being honest, Trent went into a little speech about how yes, he does on occasion, but doesn't like that he does, and tries very hard not to, etc. Another youth feigned shock. Another youth said "Guys, he's a person. It happens." Then Hunter jokingly shouted "He's not a person, he's a minister!" Everyone laughed of course and we moved on through our off topic discussion, but Hunter's comment got my mind turning a bit.
Of course he was joking. It's what Hunter does best. But do some people think like that? That ministers and pastors aren't like normal people, that they are somehow better, more put together, have it all figured out, don't mess up as much? Do some think that in order to be a minister you have to meet all those criteria? If so, that's so incorrect and so not fair. I'm pretty sure all pastors out there have struggles and troubles to deal with, in their habits, their marriage, their parenting, even in their relationship with God.
How do you view your pastor(s)? Are they up on a pedestal where you view them as some kind of perfect saint that has all the answers and never stumbles? Are they unapproachable to you because you hold them in that false esteem? Get to know them for real and give them a chance to show you that they are a regular person just like you.