Pastors don’t have all the answers

When a church member or anyone else talks with a “pastor,” the assumption is often made that a pastor has perfect knowledge of all the ins and outs of human relationships. This is not true.

Some pastors have had training in marriage and family therapy. Some of us have not. However, we all have the scriptures, the power of prayer and the guidance of the Holy Ghost as we strive to help others.

A pastor strives to use this guidance to counsel those asking him  for help. The Lord may also guide him to refer church members to those who have greater training dealing in marriage and family relationships.

As a dentist and businessman, I am grateful to have guidance from the Lord in helping members.

Only the Lord is all-knowing. He is the perfect go-to source for the answers we each need while dealing with the problems of  life.

— Wallace Price, Anniston Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Pastors carry enormous responsibility

This is a difficult question for me to answer, because I serve in a church that has such a loving relationship with me as a pastor.

I have been blessed to serve as the pastor of one church over the past 14 years, and Grace Fellowship has proven to be the most loving, mission-minded and Christ-exalting local church that I have ever known.

With that said, I do not think that anyone outside of the pastorate can understand the weight of caring for souls. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

When Christ returns, I will stand before him and give account for every soul that was ever under my care at Grace Fellowship. This is a tremendous responsibility and privilege.

As a pastor, my calling is to take care of the spiritual well-being of hundreds of people as if they are my own family. It is an impossible task without the Chief Shepherd and the fellow pastors that God has given.

I am so thankful to serve as one of six pastors at our church. Each of us share the burden of caring for souls. This is a bond that is closer than a brother. I guess this would be the most misunderstood aspect of the pastoral calling.

— Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston