10 Real Reasons Pastors Quit Too Soon


More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month. To prevent the continued flight of our pastors, we need to understand the cause of the problem.

More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month.

This staggering number includes some of the brightest, most inspiring pastors in the country. To prevent the continued flight of our pastors, we need to understand the cause of the problem. Though every situation is unique, the reasons pastors leave are often similar.

Here are 10 common reasons pastors quit too soon.

1. Discouragement.

Complaints speak louder than compliments. You can receive 15 compliments and one complaint, and the complaint will stick.

When you hear criticism and look out to see empty pews, it can be difficult to recognize the positive impact you’re making. The key is to remember: No matter how much negative you hear, you’re always doing 10 times more good.

2. Failure.

Many pastors have difficulty recognizing success. They compare themselves to other pastors and other ministries. Comparisons produce only two outcomes:

(1) You think you’re better, which results in excessive pride,

or (2) you feel like you don’t measure up, which creates a sense of failure.

The key is not to compare, but to celebrate your successes.

3. Loneliness.

With so many people looking to pastors for guidance, it can be difficult for pastors to let their guards down. They don’t want to come across as less than perfect. They feel they can’t be transparent and vulnerable. That creates a sense of isolation.

It’s important for pastors to find people they can open up and share their struggles with, instead of absorbing and isolating.

Tim Peters Tim is creator of Sayge and a ten year church communications veteran. Sayge is an intentional, all-in-one, church marketing and communications monthly training resource that is designed to help Church Leaders master the basics of church marketing and communications.

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  • Sons life

    Quite a good observation and some practical solutions. Pastors are human too. God help us all. F

  • David Bolton

    Thanks for this post. Reading this list makes you wonder how any survive. The real problem, as I see it, is that we have inherited a system that is actually unbiblical in nature which places a whole slew of demands and expectations on a single person that God never intended. The result is exactly what you have laid out here. Instead of continually trying to remedy the fruit of the problem, maybe its time we took a really good hard look at the root of the problem.

    As I read the Scripture, I see the church as a fully functioning body, with every member doing “the work of the ministry” , and with a plurality of leaders, each with differing gifts, functioning together to “equip the saints” and oversee the flock (Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 5:1-3). No one man stands out as being the “omni-competent” one with all the weight and responsibility on his shoulders. That model is from the second-century on, with the unbiblical rise of the monepiscopate. Tragically it has shaped the course of the Church ever since, and its disastrous fruit is evident for anyone to see.

    The Reformation restored the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, but not the true practice of it. It also merely gave the bishop/priest role a makeover, and made him the pastor/preacher. The principle behind the system never changed though. Traditions die hard, but at what price are we willing to continue propagating them? 1700 pastors a month leaving their positions is a serious wake-up call. It seems like the system is killing our best men (and women). It is time the Reformation finish the work it began, and the Church return to its first century foundations and resultant forms. Then we can go forward from there to the full expression of the Kingdom that God desires in these last days.

    It is time we go to the root!

    • Andy Z

      My sentiments exactly! Can you suggest good reading material on this subject?

      • David Bolton

        There are many good church history books that trace the development of the monepiscopate from the second century on, and also the transition from bishop/priest to pastor/preacher during the Reformation which are helpful to give the overall history.

        Here area few books I have found especially helpful that focus specifically on some of the things I’ve mentioned:

        “The Torch of the Testimony” by John W. Kennedy – A very readable history that especially follows those groups which stood outside of the institutional, hierarchical system in order to hold fast to the New Testament pattern and expression of the church.

        “The Reformers and Their Stepchildren” by Leonard Verduin – A thoroughly researched and eye-opening book concerning the primary reformers and their rejection of the “left-wing” of the Reformation in defense of the magisterial form of Christendom handed down to them from Catholicism.

        “Pagan Christianity?” by Frank Viola and George Barna – A heavily footnoted work tracing the origins of our modern day Protestant church practices to their sources which often came out of the pagan culture that the Church developed in. I know of no other source that so thoroughly gives this history.

        These are very informative and thought-provoking books that are well worth the read in my opinion.

        God bless you.

    • Mounkayla

      Bingo!! That is exactly right! I am an associate in charge of children, youth and young adult/couples ministries and I am fried! Visitation, planning, managing over 40 volunteers, preaching, teaching, research, meetings, and the list goes on. I am a father with 2 small boys and a wife who is expected to show up to almost every function I lead. Nuts and crazy I say! I am looking elsewhere because I don’t believe this is how we are to minister…

  • http://www.mfcministries.net/ministries/wowitness.shtm Rena Perozich

    Amen great truth we need prayer and armorbearers

  • http://www.facebook.com/cjbea Christopher J. Bea

    God shower you. This is a blessing article for ministers

  • MyoungSr

    I agree with David Bolton. The ‘system of church’ that has developed is simply not the biblical design. The devil ‘drives’ people to results, but the Spirit of God LEADS. The competitive and ‘purpose DRIVEN’ church or Christian is headed to trouble. Those LED by the Spirit of God will find rest as Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

    Think even about the common sense of it all: (our church for ex) 250 people with a $3.5 million debt, $60,000 per month expense! Pastor & staff salary of $300,000 per year. 80% of the budget goes to an building and staff, and the building is largely unused 80% of the week and then is UNDERused.

    HE (Jesus) told us to get ready and stay ready for His return by BEING witnesses of Him, Loving one another, and teaching, healing, baptising, making disciples. (Not building buildings, playing basketball in them, rocking to the beat or anything of those other things)

  • David Buffaloe

    great article. Very insightful, too. Most pastors plow fields previously damaged by poor stewards, and along with their current ministry inherit bo-weevils that plagued the church for years. It is discouraging, and unbiblical, but we must keep on loving and preaching. God didn’t promise us reward now, but in eternity.

  • Pastor Wole Oyekanmi

    The bottom line is to see the work of the ministry as absolutely God’s , we can’t do anything on our own but can do all things through Christ our strength.

  • http://bit.ly/hWr7Cw Rob T

    Good post. thanks.

  • Mike Stafford

    The main reason I left being a full time pastor was that I just got tired of the constant attacks from members and leaders in the churches I pastored. After years of the same type things in different churches God gave me the freedom to quit. The week before I resigned these things happened: 1. A new family to the community how had been visiting the church and whom I had visited and expected to join were aproached between Sunday School and church by a deacon who introduced himself as a deacon, then proceeded to tell them they were not wanted and should go join another church. 2. A young man whom I had led to a personal relationship with Jesus and made public his decision Sunday morning was confronted by 2 deacons at different times Monday morning . They both told him that his family had always been members of another denomination and he needed to go back because he should not be a Baptist. 3. Tuesday a church leader came by to talk to me about my ministry. After an hour of listening to him I said, “This is what I am hearing you say, that I should check with you and a few others about who I visit, who I invite, who I share Jesus with, and what I preach. I that what you are saying.” He said, “That is correct.” 4. Wednesday evening we had Deacons Meeting. I brought all three of these items before the deacon body and asked if this was basically their and the church’s way they wanted things done and wanted to act. The deacons looked around at each other, then looked back at me and said, “Yes”. This was after several years of struggling with this attitude at that particular church. The church had seen more decisions than it had in years and was financially very sound (even though it was not paying me above the poverty level). I told them that if they would give me a 2 month severance package I would resign the next Sunday. They agreed. I did. They still have not given me the severance package and that was years ago.
    On the bright side, I have had more freedom to minister, share Jesus, and disciple people since resigning than I ever did while having to fight church attacks when in the pastorate.

    • Mladen

      Oh brother, I only hope this is a very very very extreme story and that there aren’t any deacons like that anywhere else

      • Norman Prather

        Nope, not extreme.

      • Dan

        Oh, my deacons are like this all over. Many believe that they are the boss to the Pastor and are to run the church. Where in the world did they get this very un-Biblical belief. Sorry, Brother this is shameful and many of us have gone through this but not all churches are like this. I pray that our churches will get back to being what they are meant to be.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

        not even close to being an extreme example; all too common. Blessings and grace to those leaders who love their co-shepherd

    • Carlu

      I am sorry to hear what you went through; it is very similar to my first experience in ministry. While reading through your post I felt your pain. Be encouraged that while we will always disappoint each other, Father God never will. He is our strength. He gives us a peace and joy that none else can give or take away from us. Keep sharing Jesus and thank you for serving Him the way you did and do now. Blessings to you bro…

    • Speedberg

      Those Deacons have failed in their responsibilities! The promise of severance package was not fulfilled!!Sometime they feel that the Church belongs to them failing to realize that Its The Body of Christ and The Head is Christ. All Pastors and Workers should clearly know that The Rewards for us is NOT here but in The World to come.All Glory to Him Only!!!

    • Linda Warner

      I have seen that attitude from churches as well – being a musician. I’ve seen people who think they are the Lord of the church and the keepers of the keys. I’m sorry that you were burned by one of Satan’s churches. God really does have some churches out there. They are just hard to find.

    • phatch

      Just think. As they are atacking you they are leaving someone else alone. Also, are we better then Jesus? He was attacked, but He continued on. He is our example in how to follow, how to handle things, and what to do in the midst of a storm.
      I have been in ministry for years. Under attack non stop, but Jesus and His blood keeps me ticking. Do I get tired, yes, but I run to Him. Please read PS 91 today, and then hide in Him. Blessings to you and I shall add you to my prayer list. Remember it is not man who called you, it is Christ Jesus. In the end we will answer to what we did with our calling and gifts. I want to hear words of Well done my good and faithful servant, Enter in. With deacons at churches, fire them, put new ones in their place.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

        @phatch comment: too simplistic; unrealistic

    • Shaboyo Motsamai

      This has touched me deeply,particularly that I have experienced antagonism in the church,a place where you least expect it.I think many times we overlook the fact that many people who are in the church are not necessarily Christian and are in the church for other reasons other than worshipping God first and foremost.If you’ve truly been called to spread the gospel no one can set the perimeters for your activities,and I’m picking that up from your activities after you left the church.Give the whole matter to the Lord and leave it there,he will sort it out the best way he sees fit and focus on Jesus,after all he is the one who called you.

    • Don

      I served as a missionary in AIDS orphan relief work in Africa for 22 years. Came back to the States and pastored a church. I was burned out from burying infants and children who died of AIDS. Thought let me do something with a little more life to it . . .

      I resigned my first church three years in discouragement and disillusionment after accepting the call. Now pastoring my second American church. I see it like this:

      The American Evangelical Pastorate is after countless interviews, questions, paperwork, resumes, references, and voting, a position one walks into where from the get-go he/she will be questioned, doubted, spoke to in ways beyond preparation, fussed with, argued with, belied, betrayed, physically accosted (in my case), and treated in a manner that begs the question, “Why bother calling a pastor in the first place?”

      After being expected to preach like a pop star, visit all the sick in the church, visit every shut-in, attend all 30 committees, put up with every complaint, manage a facility, deal with elders who haven’t clue nor vision, and basically provide pastoral care to those to whom their chief concern is themselves . . .

      It’s a place where many pastors enter their new pastorate with kind words and accolades, and leave as the people he once tried to pastor sneer and frown.
      “Boy, this pastored better be by every bedside of every member who is sick,” but after the long illness of my step-father who died in May, then my mother in June, and a granddaughter three weeks ago, who in the church was there for me?

      “Pastor, what’s you problem?” Well, I could tell you a think or two . . .
      I find the American Church extremely self-centered and in need of a serious challenges to shake it out of it’s lethargy; something that removes everything around us, and just leaves us Jesus.

      He after all is the reason we live and breath and have our existence. :-)
      Just my thoughts,

  • OUCH

    “Take actions and precautions to make sure you don’t let any of these 10
    reasons separate you from your passion for the ministry and your
    Since I am experiencing #1,2,3 7,8,9 & 10.
    What actions should I take?
    Please help !

    • http://twitter.com/docrevrob Robert McKinney

      There is help. You need to find someone who can listen to you and what is going on in your life. Hear someone else’s perspective and let them in. Find a Biblical counselor. If I can help recommend one here is my email: drsuperrob@gmail.com
      Email me personally and I can help find you some help. I will be praying for you. God bless.

      • AMOS8

        Yes, emphasis on “Biblical”

    • Rich

      Get a counselor. Preferably someone not connected to your church. If you are part of a denomination they have resources for you. Ashland Seminary does an awesome retreat for pastors that is very healing. Not only do I have a counselor but I tell my congregation about my counseling experience. It’s freeing for our body to know about this relationship. Fight through evey hindrance and seek counseling.

      • no counselor

        a pastor in my district started seeing a counselor & when our Conference Superintendent found out he was fired – for being “weak”.

    • donald wong

      Pray to God since he is your father and will help. Pray more and do less. Give all your problems to God and pray with your wife since “where 2 or more are gathered in my name etc.” There is power when 2 or more pray together to do God’s will, and that will force you to talk to your wife. Make sure that what you are doing is really God’s will for you.

      May God Bless you.



      • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

        too simplistic; unrealistic…but the blessing is a nice touch

    • Retlaw

      Stop. Do your part, encourage others to do their part, and never forget that God controls the results. Please stop.

    • Retlaw

      Get a free coaching session with Cal habig, tell him Walter referred you.

  • Max

    I am the senior pastor for the last seven years. Since the start God supernaturally connected me to a man filled wisdom on this topic. He has a passion for Pastor’s and has quit everything to ensure we stay in our call..

    I pray you connect with him – Dr.Dean Radtke CEO and founder of The Ministry Institute.

    Please check it out and connect with him.

    It has saved my marriage and ministry and we doing greater things in our city because we have applied his methods for ministry.

    Much love

  • Carlu

    Obviously this post is going too resonate with many. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak the truth on love as we work through these challenges so we can continue to be and give the very best that we are to the Lord in service and devotion. To all the pastors out there…thank you for your sacrifice. I appreciate you…

  • Dave

    Good article.

    I do not agree that the problem is organizational. It doesn’t matter who is beating you up and behaving badly – deacons or elders or little old ladies. Trying to live by Ephesians 4:11-16 helps – train others for ministry duties rather than try to do everything yourself, but in small churches there are only so many people to work. The real problem is that we try to live by American cultural values that emphasize action, responsibility (credit or blame), problem solving, technology, etc. The idea that “you can solve this if only you will implement the right program” sells books and kills pastors.

    The main thing for me has been to concentrate on being a man of God rather than on accomplishing goals or running programs. Give yourself to your pursuit of God and to being what you ought to be as a man, husband and father before anything else.

    Realize that you cannot do anything in the spiritual realm – you are completely dependent on God. There is no program, no technique, no routine, no gimmick that will do anything except wear you out. Concentrate on relationships and don’t get too freaked out by the fact that you cannot make spiritual change happen in people’s lives. You can be a godly man who faithfully feeds the flock – even the problem children in the flock.

    God does all the ultimate work. Rest in Him. He (and only He) can change people’s hearts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

      Dave: evidently you have never served others

  • kingdomgurl

    If it be of God, it will stand.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw


  • Andrew

    I believe the main reason for me experiencing all these symptoms listed above is…I don’t walk with God in intimate relationship ALL the time. Not many of us actually KNOW God on an intimate level. How do I know this? How much time do I actually separate myself just to speak & listen to God, just to be alone with Him? We know a lot about Him, but we don’t meet & experience Him on a daily basis. If we knew and seek God more than any other human being on the planet, how would that affect our lives and ministries? If our spirit was receptive to His Spirit for the majority of the day, would the words we hear from others and ourselves overtake what the Spirit is speaking to our hearts in the moment, in His Word?

    Imagine if we fellowship with our Heavenly Father every moment like Jesus did, and we are led by His voice in all circumstances, He will sustain us through our weaknesses and trials. Perhaps we can cultivate this relationship with His help, praying without ceasing, & remaining in constant communion with Him. Is it possible to set our eyes on Jesus 24/7 in this lifetime? Probably not, but we can certainly grow more everyday. His grace is sufficient.

  • Patti

    This article is not my story, although it is the story of some of my friends in ministry. I plan to use this article this Sunday to wholeheartedly thank the very wonderful group of people that I get to pastor.

  • Jonah Yonjan

    Thank you for posting this topics which is more relevents today.

  • PHatch

    In viewing all 10 reasons Pastors Quit, there are several reasons why this happens to them.
    First and foremost, when God called the disciples to preach, they left their jobs and followed Jesus. They trusted Him 100%. He told them what not to take. He said the workman is worthy of his hire.
    If anyone thinks preaching is a pud job, then I say you go try it. Every demon from hell comes at you. Does not matter whatever of life it is in.
    To survive and remain standing for God, one must be secured in obedience in prayer. The power of God comes through prayer and the word. That will substain you and get you through it all. God says He will provide and He does, if you can just trust Him too.
    It is not about God, it is about what you are willing to do and apply for God. When you make up your mind, then all else will fall into place.
    As far as your marriage, sometimes you are required to stand, fast, pray, and stand some more. God will restore and reconcile back. If He does not, maybe that was not the mate He had in store for you.
    Anyway, after you have done all, STAND!
    I hold each pastor who has walked away in prayer today. You can get up go forth again and grab hold of the life line, Jesus Christ and His blood.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

      PHatch: you may mean well but again (as I posted above), your posts/comments come from a sincere and gracious heart are NOT realistic. I can “be” and even “do” the right things (your implication) and there is still sin nature, suffering for Jesus’ name. there is still crisis and pain and loss and grief…

  • Jason Von Der Lage

    This is for you, Jason Von Der Lage .

  • Anon

    I wonder how many leave because they stop believing the gospel entirely?

  • Kuya

    This article warn me to be firm in my new plant church. I get nothing from my mother church (meaning I did’nt receive even a single coin as allowance for food and transpo, my mother church has no money ), My small salary from my secular job is my only source of income. I need to feed dozens of street children every sunday morning and buy some snakcs after sunday afternoon worship service , my church collection is 10 dollars a week. My church is at the middle of many different kinds of people with many different kinds of vices. I have no plan to quit, not in my CHRISTIAN MIND…I am the pastor, I am the Praise Leader, I am the guitarist, and I cook the food for their lost souls, now tell me.. will I quit? I tell you, N O W A Y !!!

  • Todd

    The financial side of this is huge. Many of us today are as educated as a general physician, but our compensation doesn’t “honor” us as one who is “worthy” of double honor because we work hard at preaching and teaching. I had to learn that part of this is our fault for not being proactive before we go to a church. Get you salary in writing and if your family cannot be supported by the ministry consider not going or be up front and tell the church that they can not support your family on that salary. When pastors accept, unacceptable compensation we enable churches to continue in that pattern.

    Also, you must get equipped on how to communicate your salary to a personnel team or whoever. Most committees will attempt to low ball your salary even though they are more than capable to pay you well. It’s an unfortunately reality. My practice is to do all the stressful talking about a salary early on. Get the cat out of the bag and don’t let the church low ball you. It is better to get your salary needs met upfront than to get in a position and have to ask or worse beg for an increase once the reality of your needs not being met sets in. That always leads to resentment. You also need to get professionals who understand ministers compensation/church finances in and do financial seminars every 2 years or so. Keep in mind – You need a position, but they need a pastor. Sometimes you need to hold out and if they refuse to meet your needs that you clearly communicate it may be an indicator of how they will treat you overall.

    Finally, it’s necessary to help the church understand that your salary and your benefits are separate. They cannot and should not include your insurance, retirement, etc. on the same line on the budget. People also need to understand how much they are costing their employer. In other words, your insurance may be costing the church x amount of dollars, but they are costing their employers about $30,000 that they don’t ever see.

  • christoph

    I read this as a former Pastor and an active member of a church. some responses reflect unsolved anger. The issue of lack of finances is NOT an issue in our church. Some Pastors would get failing marks for their preaching today. But they get away with below average. I taught Homiletics at a College overseas

    • Earl C. Wallace

      Christoph, I 100% agree with your assessment. Many pastors are gifted in “mercy,” not administration (leadership), nor preaching-teaching. Churches believe that all seminary/Bible school graduates have these gifts, which as you have noticed, definitely is not true.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

      both christoph and Earl: you are perpetuating the problem…thanks for the lecture and demeaning comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.wright13 Brian Wright

    good and life giving article. just to put names to the battles pastors face is helpful.

    i believe that many of these battles are bigger than they should be because we, as pastors, violate God’s “6 and 1″ rhythm of work and rest. how many of these battles would shrink in regular periods of sabbath space?

    our church is generous and encouraging. and demonstrates it many ways including regular sabbatical times of rest and reset. the lead pastor can take up to 80 days away (in addition to vacation) every 4 years. and the rest of the pastor staff can take 40 days away every 4 years. with pay and benefits.
    “man was not meant to keep the sabbath, but sabbath to keep the man.”-abraham heschel (from Jewish proverb)
    maybe we should refuse the salary increase and increase the sabbath space. keeping the sabbath is on the top ten list-remember and keep the sabbath-exodus 20.

    our key pastoral staff are beating the longevity odds.

    if interested in developing a sabbath space plan, we can share ours and other churches written plans.

    praying with and for all my Christ following pastors brothers-“pastor long and prosper”.

    spiritual janitor

  • slmiller

    Tim does not indicate where he is getting his statistics from, nor how he defines his terms. In the absence of clearer data, I would take his findings with a grain of salt.

  • Casey

    This is why I appreciate being part of a “connectional” church polity like the United Methodist Church. Despite our many foibles and failings, the inherent connection of clergy in the UMC makes it possible to build good relationships with colleagues who share most of my values and share my challenges. And because the local church cannot simply fire a pastor at the first sign of disagreement, we stay at the table longer to resolve conflict.

    I grew up Southern Baptist and I’ve seen how a free church polity (independent deacon/elder board) can destroy pastors.

    Pastors should find a covenant group of other clergy to meet with at least monthly. Pastors should take all the time off that is available to them.
    Pastors should take at least one (two, if possible) retreats each year with clergy friends.

  • Samuel

    Great post. Where did you come up with the statistics in #6? I’m curious because that is a staggering statistic.

  • Dr. Mark

    I left the pastorate because we merged our church with someone I thought was a friend. He was not. Details not necessary, but suffice it to say I will not go into church ministry again. I misread this “pastor” so badly that I cannot trust myself to trust anyone again regarding church ministry. I left the church and the city where I planted it and grew it for 12 years in an area of town known as a graveyard to ministry. The lack of integrity, honesty, and decency on the part of many church leaders makes it difficult for the rest. I pray to forgive and heal. God bless all of you decent and faithful pastors. Please remain so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

      I fell a parallel pain; I served 11 years at a church and was asked to leave because I couldn’t lead and couldn’t preach. I couldn’t agree more with your post – all of it

  • revm

    I was paying attention until he said that ministers should manage their money better. All of a sudden I realized that he is faulting the minster for every negative feeling/reality/response. Don’t be angry, you should forgive. Don’t feel bad, you shuold realize you are doing good.You should have friends and take better care of your body. Don’t worry be happy! This is not to say he is wrong, only that he should add a #11: Everyone telling them how they should do their job and live their life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BLatchaw Bryan Latchaw

      well said

  • rick brand

    A minister does have to be a very strong self-starter. He has to discipline himself/herself to do the things are her/his list each day. There is a strong ego needed to take charge and stick to the minister’s choice. We try too hard to please too many people. Try to offend everybody in the church sometime.

  • Brian L Nichols

    Here are some others to add to the list:
    1. Not called to the pastoral ministry in the first place, 2. Refusal to allow others that are serving to function fully within their call/election/predestination, 3. The full weight of ministry was never ordained of God to rest fully and squarely on the shoulders of 1 of 5 ministerial graces, 4. God did not set pastors in the Church firstly, secondly, or thirdly; in this order, He did set in the church, firstly, apostles, secondly, prophets, and thirdly, teachers, after that…, 5. The government of the Church was never ordained of God to be hierarchical with the “pastor” set atop the “chain of command”, but lateral, with parity among ALL of the members of the Body. It is because of these 5 reasons, that the list of 10 reasons exists. If you have the courage, The NEW GENUS Initiative can help; the.new.genus.initiative@q.com. Let us HELP, before another ministry is victimized by this “list”.

  • http://takefiveanytime.blogspot.com Tom Eggebeen

    While this article offers some helpful insights, it has the feel of condemnation – once again, pastor, it’s your fault. If you would only take better care of yourself, manage your time more effectively, find a support group and ask for help. We live in a culture of displaced blame: the mentally ill are routinely blamed for there struggles; folks with cancer are chided for their poor diets or lack of exercise, and while there’s some truth to all of that, perhaps, it misses a major point: other factors over which the person has no control. What I find missing from this article is a simple reality: lots of congregations are deeply dysfunctional, full of power-brokers, folks in love with pew cushions and curtains, an expectation of the pastor to fix everything and be everywhere, challenging the pastor again and again. Pastors can do much, but there is a cruelty afoot in many a congregation that is nothing but malevolent. Where it comes from is another story, but to put the burden of proof on the pastor, without considering the rest of the story, just doesn’t help anyone. And in the hands of the self-righteous parishioner who just got done bashing her/his pastor, this article would be used for more ammunition – “Come one pastor, get your act together.”


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