All pastors genuinely appreciate all questions and are very happy that you trust them to guide you to find and follow Jesus. Every once in a while someone might ask a pastor a question that is more reflective of their own self interest than it is of being interested in hearing what God wants to tell them. In those cases, pastors do their best to help people discover what God’s word says about that issue and to assure them that God always has your interest at heart and his relationship with you. Here are 5 things to never tell your pastor that you may have heard others say at some point.
5. “The preaching is not meeting my needs” or “I’m not being spiritually fed”
Preaching to a congregation has a purpose. The pastor preaches what God has led him or her to say to the church family. Sometimes the message that God wants to convey to the church needs many weeks/ months to be fully understood. Messages or sermons preached to a church family might not always be specifically targeted to your perceived need, but since God brought you to hear it, you can be sure he had a reason for you to hear it. Sometimes people feel that a message they enjoy hearing will be more helpful. But in the end, the effectiveness of a message is really about what you are going to do in response to it. When God wants to speak to you, He can use anyone. Ask the pastor to share with you what he or she feels God wanted the church family to learn from that message or series. If you need further spiritual help, consider joining a small group or ask the pastor to recommend someone to disciple (coach) you one-on-one.