I feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders as a pastor. I have never had a single day where I had no task or no pressing matter to attend to. The list of tasks I should be doing are very long. The list of expectations from members are too numerous to mention. The hours in the day too short.
I was recently visiting the ChurchLeaders.com blog and read an article called Pastoral Plagiarism: 10 Do’s and Don’ts. It made me think about the issue of Pastoral Ethics. You may or may not have come across a pastor who has plagiarized a sermon or a series of sermons before. I know it happens not only from what I have read but also from what I have experienced indirectly.
Pastoring can be very challenging at times. We are expected to always be ‘on’. To always be prepared to deliver a key thought, sermon, devotional, homily. Most times, I’ve been able to keep up. Unlike many of my colleagues, I enjoy speaking / teaching. It comes naturally to me, always has. Even still, there are times when I am spent, emotionally, spiritually or physically. In those moments, I still have to work. I’m still expected to contribute.