Most businesses have a narrow focus. They offer goods or services of a limited variety. Restaurants serve food, plumbers install and repair pipes, and so on.
But even the most narrowly-focused church touches every aspect of people’s lives at the best and worst times of their lives. Spiritually, emotionally, financially, and socially. We’re there from the joy of birth to the sorrow of death.
Aside from the family, there is no institution that touches more aspects of people’s lives than the church does.
Yet pastors are expected to master it all. No wonder so many quit in frustration.
4. Pastoring Requires a Call, Not Just Skill
There are skills and gifts that are needed to be a good pastor of a good church. But all the skill in the world means nothing if you’re not called by God to do it.
Without being called, you'll never pastor a successful church, no matter what skills you may have.
For more on this, check out my previous post, So Many Wrong Reasons to Become a Pastor.
5. We Make It Harder Than It Should Be
As difficult as pastoring is, we make it tougher than it needs to be.
We tell pastors of healthy churches that if the church isn’t hitting certain numerical growth goals, they’re doing it wrong.
It's like telling the parents of healthy, happy, productive children that their family is a failure because they didn't have more kids or aren't making enough money. Yet we do it all the time with pastors and churches.
A healthy church is a wondrous thing. And hard enough on its own.
If you’re pastoring a healthy church, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re a failure because you’re not meeting their (or your) numerical expectations.
6. We're Not Running the Church
Jesus said he’d build his church.
His church, not ours. His job, not ours. He runs it, not us.
We make pastoring harder than it should be when we try to do the job that belongs to Jesus alone.
Sometimes the missing element to a healthy church and successful ministry is a pastor who does less, not more.
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