10 Common Frustrations of Pastors

March 4, 2016
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Podcast Episode #204


We discuss a recent post on frustrations that pastors often face and how to overcome many of them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • These are the types of things that happen to pastors every week.
  • God has put us in local churches to be actively involved.
  • Too many church members want to “keep the pastor humble” by paying them little.
  • There are relatively few pastors who have adequate business training.
  • Sermon prep can be difficult in a church office. But if a pastor studies elsewhere, complaints come in about not being in the office.
  • When members leave a church, pastors often take it personally.
  • Pastoral concerns over church budgets are very real and very pressure-packed.

The 10 frustrations pastors often face that we cover are:

  1. Church members who treat church attendance as a low priority.
  2. Criticisms over minutia.
  3. Concern over financial wellbeing of family.
  4. Expectations to understand the business and leadership side of church life.
  5. Complaints to or about family members.
  6. Inadequate uninterrupted sermon prep time.
  7. Losing church members.
  8. Concerns over church budget.
  9. Declining or plateaued church.
  10. Designated giving toward personal preferences.

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