Pastoral counseling to individual members about health and encouraging church members from the pulpit about weight loss were other indicators of pastoral support.”
For pastors, as with all role models, it is probably easier to sell the “body and soul” message if the preacher/teacher makes it his or her own.
Do as I say and as I do is the needed approach. If the pastor of my church is a real health nut, I am more likely to listen to his message about the body as a temple that can be transformed to honor God.
With the plethora of congregational sins to choose from, preaching on “What would Jesus eat?” in the context of the corpulent church buffet and Sunday dinner with the deacon board may rank low on the priority list and high in possible pushback.
Yet it is a message that, given with the right measure of encouragement and exhortation, may produce the intended effect on over-indulgent church members.