Nine Common Tensions Pastors Face


B a r z i l a i - e n - D a n (Un Barzilai izvorât din Dan)

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Every day, pastors and other church staff make intentional decisions about what is important in their lives and ministries. Often, the decisions they must make are between competing demands. These decision points are tensions in the lives of pastors and church staff. The directions they choose shape their ministries.

  1. Family time versus church time. Pastoral ministry is a 24/7 vocation. There is rarely real down time. Families often suffer because pastors and staff don’t know how to say “no” to the expectations of the church.
  2. Office time versus time in the community. Church members often expect pastors and staff to be in the office and available for their needs. But pastors also need to be out of the office connecting with people in the community.
  3. Being a people pleaser versus being a good steward. Well-intending church members often begin sentences with, “Pastor, we need to . …

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