Myth #6 – Pastors never have doubts.
Pastors can’t have doubts, right? I can imagine what some people are thinking, “they’re the leader, if they have doubts then where does that leave the rest of us?” After all, isn’t a requirement to be in ministry that you can’t have any doubts?
Actually, if you look at the 12 disciples of Jesus you will find that many of them had a LOT of doubts. One of them was even named “Doubting Thomas”, and he walked with Jesus for three years witnessing the most incredible things. Want the truth? Every pastor has doubts.
I sometimes doubt that I am capable enough to lead our church to where God wants us. I sometimes doubt that I have heard from God when I make a decision. I remember the night before the opening day of our church here in Lithopolis. I had all kinds of doubts running through my mind. What if no one comes? What if this was the wrong move?
Pastors have doubts…I have doubts. But I believe it is what we do with those doubts that makes a difference. Some people sit on their doubts and throw up their hands and say, “I don’t believe”. That’s a cop out! What I have found is the best medicine for doubt is to confess this statement to Jesus, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)