What to Do When You Disagree With Your Pastor
If you work on staff at a church, chances are at some point you’re going to disagree with your pastor. That’s OK, you’re human, it would be naive to think you’re always going to agree with your pastor. But what you do with that disagreement is where things can get really messy. Messy for you, and messy for the church.
Choose to Love Them
You don’t have to agree with someone in order to love them. I choose to love people I don’t agree with all the time. If I didn’t I wouldn’t be married. This may seem like a simple step but it’s an important step, and it’s the first step. Even if you don’t agree with them, your pastor isn’t the enemy. The enemy (Satan) is the enemy, not your pastor.
Take Personal Ownership
The best place to start when you don’t agree with your pastor is not with the question, “What do they need to change?” but rather, “What do I need to change?” Do I need to change my belief, assumptions, attitude, approach or actions? This is an important step, because while you can’t change another person, you can change you.
Submit to Them
God has given a unique seat to the leader you’re following, and it’s important to remember that He’s chosen to give that seat to them…not you. Make sure you measure your attitude and keep your heart in check. It’s important to tell yourself the truth. Speaking poorly of your leader or creating disunity not only hurts the church and the movement of the Gospel, but the Bible talks about those things as sin. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to remember and read up on the way David submitted to Saul. Oh yeah…and remember, even if you don’t like it, for some reason God has allowed the leadership at your church to be in authority at this time. God could be using this time in your life to teach you lessons like: “learning how to be under authority before you’re in authority,” or “the art of timing.”
If you’ve lost respect for your pastor and you can no longer in good conscience follow them, it may be time to leave. If you can’t submit to the leadership of your pastor or by you staying it will create disunity, it may be time to leave. Here are a couple of articles that will help you begin to understand if it’s time for you to leave your church:
- How Do You Know When It’s Time to Leave Your Church
- 3 Reasons It’s Good for Church Staff Members to Leave Their Church
- When Is It Right to Leave a Church
- Why Church Staff Change Churches
This article originally appeared here.