Voice: The pastor wants nothing but a vacation

“As a pastor, what I need is understanding from believers and a little rest. Comforting and helping others, we too are human beings in need of support.”

Many churches emphasize the Great Commission, the feeding of believers, and community service, which are undoubtedly very important. But in the meantime, few people pay attention to the needs of pastors. While pastors really need more study, input or prayer support, one experienced pastor said he only wants a vacation after busy work.

Recently, the Christian times, an online Christian newspaper in China, interviewed Pastor G (pseudonym) who leads two churches with rich pastoral experience. Disabled in his 40s, G was issued a “disability certificate” by the authorities. His answers are written in the first person as follows.

The best thing for me is having one day off a week. I took my Monday off, but who replaces me to do so many things? At any time, someone can come to me with difficulties, such as a problem that needs to be fixed or a bad thing that has happened to them.

Not only me, but many other pastors do not have the chance to rest, as well as the retreats. Some foreign pastors have a sabbatical year every seven years, but this is totally absent in China.

So, I don’t know about other pastors, but for me, I think what a pastor needs most is rest, as well as understanding from church members, not too much, just a little.

Christians are accustomed to receiving pastoral care from pastors without gratitude, because they think it is the duty of the pastor to help them. I think they have a bad attitude, although it is right for pastors to pray and help them.

I just want to say that a pastor should feed the believers, but I am a handicapped person who also has many inconveniences and difficulties that other healthy people cannot imagine.

Once a believer asked me, “Pastor G, since you work so hard, what do you want us to do for you?” I said, “That’s fine, but just put yourself in my shoes. If you’re willing to pray for me, that’s even better.

– Translated by Abigail Wu


Voice: The pastor wants nothing but a vacation

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