I will tell you the honest truth, I had great difficulty submitting to a pastor that was not my father. In fact, I had difficulty just referring to him as "Pastor." Instead, I would call him, "Pastor Brenneman." Over the past seven years of sitting under his ministry, I've grown to greatly respect Pastor Brenneman and his wife. Unfortunately on July 24th they served their last Sunday with us, as God has called them to another ministry.
Partially, I feel apprehensive will I respect and care for my new pastor and his family as I did my old pastor and his. It's a new experience for me. But, my greatest desire when he arrives is to be a blessing. I would like to be an easy sheep to shepherd.
I don't desire to be a blind sheep that helplessly follows without comparing his teachings to scripture. But, I do want to be a hard worker in the ministry God has called me, and to be willing to serve in ways that my pastor needs me to do. I want to submit to his authority and follow his leading.
I do this because of a few verses in Hebrews:
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." - Hebrews 13:17
Just a slight commercial for pastors and their families:
Speaking as someone who grew up in a pastor's home, Pastor's work more than you do, there is no such thing as a forty hour work week. They study their Bibles more than we watch tv! They are willing to give up the future of their choice which could have involved a lucrative career and comfort for a life of service. I think that when you remember this it makes it a lot easier to obey and submit to your pastor.