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Ten Sources of Discouragement For Pastors

Ten Sources of Discouragement For Pastors
Here
are the top ten sources of discouragement for pastors, recognizing some overlap
among them. I included a direct quote from a pastor for each source.

1.     
Conflict
and criticism from church members.
“I had no idea the number of critics would be so many. And
some of them are really mean.” 

2.     
Members
leaving the church.
“It
seems the more I invest in church members, the more likely they are to leave.
It really hurts when they tell me they are going to another church that meets
their needs better.” 

3.     
Church
decline.
“We
have been in gradual decline for eight years. I wish I knew what to do to
reverse it.” 

4.     
Staff
conflict.
“There
are few things that hurt me more than staff conflict. These are the men and
women I work with every day. I hate it when we don’t get along.” 

5.     
Family
pressures.
“I
wish I could get it right with my family. I always feel tugged in so many
directions at the church that I fear I am neglecting them.”

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6.     
Members
who are resistant to change.
“Every single change I try to lead is met with opposition. I
mean it. Every single time.”

7.     
Personal
financial pressures.
“We
bought a six-year old car with over 75,000 miles on it. We’ve already had three
church members complain that we are living extravagantly. No, we are barely
paying our bills with the salary I get from the church.”

8.     
The
comparison factor.
“I
know I shouldn’t compare myself to other pastors, but it can hurt when they
seem to do so well while I am struggling so much. My wife told me to stop
looking at Facebook.” 

9.     
Church
financial pressures.
“Our
budget receipts have declined to the point where we are barely paying our
bills. We don’t have any funds for ministry, and we will probably have to lay
off the part-time assistant at the church. I didn’t learn how to deal with
these kinds of financial pressures at seminary.” 

10.
Facility
challenges.
“Most
of our facilities are old and in need of a lot of work. Our sanctuary is too
big, and our foyer is too small. I am embarrassed when guests go into our
restrooms. There is so much to do and not enough money. It’s depressing.”

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