The second sin that many pastors deal with is the sin of being untouchable.
While every pastor would tell their church they should be in community, have an accountability partner, have people in their life that know them, very few pastors actually experience this.
This can be hard for a pastor. Knowing who to trust, how much to trust them, are difficult things to wrestle with. If you are curious about how to find an accountability partner as a pastor, read this.
This isn’t the only reason pastors aren’t known and have an air of untouchability about them. Their churches often demand it and pastors fall right in line with it.
Many churches want their pastors to be superman. They want their pastor to talk about struggles to the point that they seem relatable, but not too much.
Churches often want to keep their pastor, his wife and his kids on a pedestal. Because of this, pastors work hard to keep that pedestal up and working.
This leads pastors into all kinds of dangerous places. If no one knows a pastor well enough, no one can call out his sin. No one can challenge him with working too much, not eating well (which is an enormous problem for many pastors as so many are overweight), not sleeping enough.
Pastors are also very good at wielding their influence. People will do what the pastor says.
Even in our culture that hates authority or holds pastors in no high regard, people care what a pastor does, what he reads, what he likes, and then they often emulate that.
If a pastor is not careful, he can easily push to the outside someone who gets on his nerves or seems to be divisive. People pick up on this and do the same thing.
Pastor, can anyone call you on your sin? What happens if they do?