5 Ways to Drain the Life Out of Your Pastoral Ministry

“Pastor, there are many who are unhappy with you, but they won’t tell you.” You have probably heard this. Ha ha. I have an excerpt my book, Help! I'm a PastorClick here to read that.

Here are some things we want to avoid as leaders:

1. Blame the people of the church for the poor quality of the ministry.

We stop leading when we believe we are victim to our people.  We don’t discount the influence people can have, but every great leader has had to learn how to overcome difficulty and disappointment with the people they lead. There is great grace available for you today. 

2. Use your people more than equip them.

If we are more concerned with what our people can do for us than our heart connection with them, then they will most likely feel used instead of equipped to change the world. Pastors who create “launching pads” for the dreams of those they lead will attract higher quality people to them.

3. Think short term instead of long-term.

Long-term thinking leaders are much healthier emotionally than short-term thinkers. God thinks generationally. We tend to believe if it not happening now, then we are a failure. (Let’s laugh at that.) Ask God today what your assignment is and what it is not. Then do what He tells you in faith whether it looks spectacular or not.

4. Constantly compare yourself to other leaders and ministries.

Yes, we can learn and be inspired from other leaders and ministries, but comparison is usually a trap leading to discouragement or pride. Each of our lives and ministries has a unique purpose. We are not called to copy someone else, but we are called to find and delight in our own uniqueness as a person and church. 

5. Depend primarily on your church for your provision.

I remember when I was pastoring in Weaverville, and I felt compelled to declare regularly, “I have four streams of income.”  This propelled me into faith and ideas for new income streams. If the church is the only financial source for us, then we will be much more tempted to make decisions based on finances, rather than what we believe God is saying.

Let's Just Laugh at Those.

Blessings,
Steve