“Pastoral ministry is a local campaign in the broader battle between the living God and the principalities and powers of the air (Ephesians 6:12). We see the effects of this conflict:
Constant criticism of the staff.
Susceptability to false teaching.
Families riven by poor leadership.
Once-vibrant disciples walking away from the faith.
Despair at finances.
“Many modern battles are fought block by block; the spiritual warfare is fought person by person. The site of this conflict is the human heart, the inner core encompassing all the hopes, thoughts, dreams, schemes, and conflict of a God-imaging person.
“If the site of this conflict is the human heart, standing at the center of the congregational battlefield is the pastor.”
Owen Strachan, “Of Prophets, Priests, and Kings,” page 38.