What Pastors Need to Do When They Are Deeply Hurt

May 10, 2019
Episode #535
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Pastors often are hurt by church members or church circumstances. Today we discuss how to deal with this hurt and why you shouldn’t just throw in the towel at the first sign of hurt.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The main reason pastors get hurt in the church is from personal attacks by members.
  • When you’re feeling hurt, time in the Word and in prayer can really help.
  • Staff meeting exercise: everyone take a blank sheet of paper and write down all the ways they’ve seen God work in the church or in the lives of the members in the last 6-12 months.
  • Outside perspective is often needed because we are too close to a situation to see a way through it.

The seven ways we discuss for dealing with hurt are:

  1. Give it a few days
  2. Pray
  3. Spend more time in the Word
  4. Focus on thanksgiving
  5. Get physical exercise
  6. Talk to peers
  7. Get an objective perspective

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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