Podcast Episode #110
We will cover a recent post from Chuck Lawless on pastoral burdens.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- 70% of churches in America are declining.
- Many times pastors determine their self-worth by how their church is doing numerically.
- Pastors are often unfairly blamed for the moral failure of a staff member.
- It’s hard for pastors to have friends in the church because friends are perceived as favorites.
- The “arms race” regarding church facilities over the past few decades has been counterproductive in many ways.
- Overcoming burdens in ministry and life heavily depends on where your focus lies—on Christ or on something lesser.
The 12 most frequent burdens pastors face are:
- Declining church growth.
- Losing the support of friends.
- Grieving a fall.
- Sensing that the sermon went nowhere.
- Losing vision.
- Being lonely.
- Dealing with unsupportive staff.
- Remembering failures.
- Dealing with death recurrently.
- Facing personal jealousies.
- Balancing family and ministry priorities.
- Responding to criticism.
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