If the stats are right, several pastors reading this are burned out and thinking of quitting… or at least wishing it could happen. The old joke about “writing your resignation letter every Monday” has a grain of truth. You’re burned out. Used up. Frustrated. In conflict. Spiritually drained. Unappreciated. I don’t know if you’re one of those. I hope not. But odds are, someone reading this said under your breath, “That’s me.” For the next few minutes, I’m talking to you. For j
If you haven’t read Stephen Covey’s excellent book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” you’re missing out. Out of the many helpful things in the book, here’s one I have found most useful: Covey’s distinction between URGENT things and IMPORTANT things. Urgent things shout at you – flashing lights, ringing phones. Important things will not – maintenance, relationships, planning. Urgent and Important things must be done or things will fall apart immediately. Important,
Surveys say that most pastors have felt like quitting in the past 12 months. If you feel like you’re about to crack wide open, drop in your tracks, or get a Pez dispenser full of Tums to keep your stomach calm…You may be feeling as though God is angry with you, and would push you to keep going, do more, try harder… and you’re dead wrong. Give me a chance to prove it: Check out how God responded to an exhausted prophet.
We join Elijah right after a busy season of ministry… a
I know that title is pretty broad — I can’t do anything about some of the frustrations in your life. I can’t do anything about that guy whose trash blows in your yard. Or the guy on the interstate who cuts you off with no blinker. And you really can’t do much about it, either. Just get over yourself and get over them. 🙂 But there are some larger, enduring frustrations that I’ve experienced that I bet you have too. And THOSE, I can teach you something about. It’s the fr
In the next few days, I’ll be posting a couple posts on the toughest things about being a pastor. I’m doing a survey of all my readers who are pastors, to see what you say are the toughest things about your job. If you’ve already taken the survey, thank you! I’m working through the results now — and look forward to sharing them! In the survey I asked a question… Maybe you can relate to some of these answers: Can you relate to the pain of any of those answers?? I certainly