Bishop Schanse relayed a conversation he had with a woman, who thought churches should do a better job of caring for pastors. Bishop Schnase writes …
She said that she did not think anyone should ever be allowed to complain about a pastor unless that person was also in constant prayer for the pastor. We should all desire our pastors to succeed, to fulfill their mission, to be strong and whole and healthy, and so we should pray for them, their families, their work, and their ministry. Imagine if every time we felt annoyed, discouraged, or disappointed by a pastor, we prayed for them with even greater eagerness and sincerity. Imagine if we felt as much or more an obligation to pray for a pastor as we feel to criticize or correct a pastor.
This is important because when complaining comes from selfishness, it tears down, but when it comes from a place of prayer, it can build up.
But, it doesn’t apply only to pastors. It applies to everyone and everything in the church–every ministry, every leader, every person.
What if the whole church operated this way toward everyone and everything in the church? What if we prayed before we complained?