1 Peter 5:2-3 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them… because you are willing… eager to serve… being examples to the flock.
These words are written specifically for pastors (pastor is the Latin word for shepherd). This passage reminds pastors (and us) of their high calling and the serious responsibilities and challenges that are part of their office.
What else does it say to those of us who are not shepherding a flock? Perhaps this: Pray for your pastors. Pray frequently. Pray for them by name. Pray specifically. Pray that they be filled with the willingness to serve. Pray that they overcome the temptations that are common to all of us, and those that are unique to the ministry. Pray that they be Christ-like examples to their flock.