Finding Encouragement as a Pastor and Leader

"Ministry is one of the hardest jobs in the world." I bet you've heard this said multiple times, but the general public hardly believes this to be true. They imagine you sitting around and praying, reading all day, playing with children, having sweet conversations with the elderly, or performing joyous weddings. "Spend a day in the shoes" of a leader and you'll find that these wonderful perks are also laced with constant drama, family disagreements, difficult counseling, peacemaking, fist fights, biting (yes, literally), police, death, and funerals (just to get started). Like a surgeon, the bloody, messy insides of humans are laid out right before you daily. Is your scalpel—I mean— Bible ready? This isn't a 9-5 job. There are no real 'days off.' Pastors find themselves doing the dirty work like emptying the trash, mowing the lawn, and unclogging that toilet that backs up every single week in the middle of service.

I rant in this way not to complain, but to say this: We understand your frustrations. We've thought and felt the same things. You're not alone.

The above list isn't even the most difficult issue: Sharing the Word of God often makes ministers a target. I've noted time and time again the instances where pastors and leadership across America are accused of everything under the sun; mostly through gossip rather than actual fact (Tip: accusers should steer towards 1 Timothy 5:19-20).

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths.” -1 Timothy 4:3