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I was involved in a conversation a few weeks ago, where a number of us were talking about our own churches. As the conversation continued it became apparent that a couple of the people involved in the conversation were far from happy with their church leader (i.e. their church minister/pastor/officer/priest).

While this conversation was going on, I didn’t say much, as I was trying to remember a quote which sums up what we should do when we’re unhappy with our church leader – Well I remembered it, and when I shared it with the group, the conversation came to a sudden stop. Here’s the quote I shared:


If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

I think sometimes we can forget that our leaders are human, just like us; they have their own faults and failings, just like us; and they have their own strengths and weakness, just like us.

So whenever you’re disappointed or unhappy with how someone is leading your church, do the best thing you can for them, pray!


Over the years I’ve had a number of church leaders, because in the Salvation Army our church leaders tend to stay in each appointment for just a few years. I’m sure many Salvationist would agree with me that this has its advantages and it’s disadvantages. i.e. When you get leaders you are not so keen on, they aren’t with you for too long; Conversely when you get leaders who truly inspire, teach and lead you, they always seem to be moved on to another appointment far to soon.

But what should we do when we have leaders/pastors who don’t quite lead and inspire as the church needs?

As I read recently on Twitter, the answer is simple:

If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has. – Robert E. Harris

Do you regularly pray for your church leaders/pastors? Whether you think you have great leaders or whether you wish you had better leader, you should still pray for them, they are humans just like you and me, and therefore they need our love, support and prayers just as much as we do.