Saturday, 05 November 2016 06:55

Never Alone

Written by  Dr. Teman Knight
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Several prominent pastors have stepped down from their pastorates over the past few months citing burnout and depression. No matter the size of their church, all pastors must deal with stress and difficult situations. Having been a pastor for 32 years, I know that sometimes you feel alone, overwhelmed, isolated and inadequate. We can end up feeling like Elijah under the juniper tree—like we are the only servant God has left.

 Whether we are pastors or not, we know the theological truths that we are not alone and that God is with us, but frustration and discouragement can often rob us of the joy of these truths.  We get so busy working for God in our churches or our communities that we do not make time to spend with God. We need God and we need each other.


One reason I have been pondering this subject is that I have the privilege of serving as the president of the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference. Part of my responsibilities as president is to plan a conference for hundreds of pastors from all over our state which will be held at Heritage Baptist Church on Monday, November 14, 2016. (For more information see


At this conference we want to encourage pastors and remind them that they are not alone. Our theme is “Together.” As Christians, we are all in this together--together with God and together with each other. Togetherness starts with our relationship with God and our love for Him. Togetherness also means our relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ within the body of believers. The preacher in Ecclesiastes said, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). Remember these two important truths today:


We can accomplish more when

we work together, and you have friends here to pick you up when

you fall down.


We all need friends in our lives who will encourage us, invest in us and pick us up when we fall down. Both pastors and parishioners need friends like Timothy, Barnabas and Paul in our lives. Like Paul, friends who will teach and mentor us. Friends who will walk beside us, pick us up when we fall down and encourage us like Barnabas. Like Timothy, friends who will allow us to invest in them and then go on to do great things for the kingdom.


I hope you will pursue those kinds of relationships in your own life. I hope you will pray for and encourage your pastor. I hope you will be that kind of friend for your pastor and church leaders, so that together we can make a greater impact for the kingdom.



Dr. Teman Knight is the Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. Teman and his wife Darlana have a daughter (Alana), a son (Jay) and an awesome grandson Adam. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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