11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.
"You're so busy, pastor."
"I hate to bother you... "
"I know you have so much to do... "
I've been hearing these phrases quite a bit lately and so I want to address: the work of the pastor.
It is my job to preach the Word and administer the Sacraments. At least that is what my Letter of Call says.I believe that these two descriptors include visiting the sick, encouraging the spirit and participating in outreach ministries. It is my job to be busy, but not so busy that people are hesitant to include me in their life journeys.
Maybe, these sentiments are merely a way to express your need for privacy. Please let me know that. "I covet your prayers but would rather be alone or merely with family through this." Maybe you've been burned by pastors visits in the past. I never stay very long at the hospital as I know that all you need is prayer, maybe to tell me your situation and to be assured of God's presence. Besides, when you are ill you need sleep, or the pain is too much for visiting, or you have irregular bathroom necessities. Maybe it's something else.
I've met a lot of lazy. pompous and boring pastors that don't care to go to hospitals. bring communion to care receivers or be a part of ministry programming. Truthfully, on any given day. I can be either lazy, pompous or boring - but it is my mission to work against that edge. I know that I can only do all things through Christ and that it is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that I accomplish any good. Help me be your pastor.
So - I'm NOT too busy. I'm NOT bothered by you. I NEVER have so much to do that I can't make time for your needs.