Being a pastor isn’t easy.
- Sunday afternoon: “Just realized I forgot to share a funny story this morning. Wondering if it’ll still be as funny next week.”
- Monday morning: “Oh, great. Someone took a picture of me teaching and tagged me in it. Why THAT picture?”
- Tuesday lunch: “Hoping Taco Bell messes up my order so I can make a sermon illustration out of it.”
- Wednesday night: (thinking) “What’s that kid’s name? What’s that kid’s name? What’s that kid’s name?” (says) “Hey, bro!”
- Thursday morning: “Yeah, it is my day off… fine, I can meet up with you.”
- Friday evening: “How did I forget I was officiating a wedding tomorrow? Can I share the same message I shared at the last wedding I did? Hope the sound guy doesn’t rat me out.”
- Saturday night: “What is the proper shout out on Facebook and Twitter to get people to come tomorrow?”
Of course, this is the dumb stuff. We all know there’s more to it… suicidal students, confused parents, pregnant teenagers, hypocritical leaders, exhaustive situations, physical abuse, emotional bullying and more.
I shared it in Uncommon Wisdom from the Other Side in this way:
Thank you for signing up to reach the next generation.
Your heart will gain scars.
You’ll be misled by others.
Close friends will seemingly abandon you.
The resources may run out.
You may fake your faith some days for the sake of others.
Simple things Christians say will annoy you.
The church you serve may appear 2-dimensional in your 3-dimensional stress.
Students will let you down.
You will disciple at least one Judas.
People will say all kinds of unkind things about you and your family.
And it is the best possible way to live.
What are some of the goofy or serious “pastor problems” you’ve seen or experienced. be it as a volunteer, part-time or paid minister?