A few weeks ago, I hosted an event in Southern California designed to equip and support young pastors. This was among the first of many events I plan to host with this goal in mind, and I kicked off the weekend with a word I think every pastor, no matter the age, needs to hear and know.
It all surrounds this question: Who’s got you?
As for any good 80′s kid, Superman was (and probably still is) a big deal to me. As I was praying about YoungPastors.com and what we feel God has called us to do to inspire, resource, and connect 1000′s of young pastors all over the world, I was reminded of a clip from the 1978 movie, Superman.
Lois Lane was up to her usual antics risking her life to get a good story and finds herself hanging from a helicopter, ready to drop hundreds of feet to her death. Just as she can’t hold on any longer, Clark Kent sees her danger and quickly changes.
As she is falling through the air, Superman swoops in and rescues her.
As Superman catches her he says, “Easy, Miss, I’ve got you.” After that, there is a split second of relief for her and then the quote is spoken that, to me, defines what YoungPastors is called to do.
“You’ve got me; who’s got you?”
I know comparing pastors to Superman isn’t fair, but too many times I’ve seen pastors (and been a pastor) who somehow thinks he is invincible. Can you relate? As pastors we continually put our lives on the line for others without any concern about what could come in our own life.
In a way this is selfless and giving and the heart of Jesus.
In another way, this is stupid. This is how pastors end up in moral failure or with broken families or with church congregations who don’t see or know Jesus. The one who is leading them is simply burned out.
I had to learn this early in my career as a pastor.
I had to decided that I wasn’t going to let my role as a pastor come before my role as a disciple of Jesus. I wasn’t going to let my role as a pastor come before my role as a husband or as a dad.
I wasn’t going to let my role as “pastor” lead me to make decisions I would regret later.
I learned to invest deeply in others, but I also learned to ask and invite others to invest deeply in me. I asked for mentors in my life, men who I knew would put me back on track when I made a mistake, who would speak truth into my life and give me the encouragement I needed. Men who I could trust and follow and mimic.
Without these mentors, there is no way I would be here today.
So pastor, who’s got you?
Yes, I know, Jesus is there for you. I don’t take that lightly in any way. Just know that as you go about doing the work God has called you to do, with the grace God has given you to do it, you can’t do it alone.
If you’re a seasoned pastor, chances are you’ve discovered this the hard way.
If you’re a new pastor, you might not quite know this yet.
Either way, this is what YoungPastors is here for. We just want you to know we’ve got you. We’re here to support you and connect you and equip you with all the things you need to be successful at your role as pastor. We care about you and want to see you thrive and succeed.
So if you’re a pastor, and you’re not sure who’s got your back, don’t go another day wondering. Take advantage of the help we are offering. Visit the site, get signed up, and don’t miss our next event.
Can’t wait to see you and meet you there.