Podcast Episode #086
In this first podcast episode of 2015, we expound on what discourages those in ministry. Like criticism, overcoming discouragement is a two-pronged approach. Ministers need to know how to handle it, and members need to realize how their actions can cause it.
Some highlights from this week’s episode include:
- An active church member 15 years ago attended church three times a week. Now it’s three times a month.
- Church membership classes can help decrease the discouragement for staff by giving members expectations and information up front.
- Pastors or staff members can run themselves ragged trying to meet personal demands placed on them from church members.
- Many ministers lack business and administrative training but are expected to know how to run what amounts to a small business.
- You have no right to attack the family of a staff person because of dissatisfaction with the minister.
- Every church staff will have conflict and differences. It is normal. The key is how you resolve that conflict.
The ten issues we covered were:
- Lack of fruit and spiritual maturity in church members.
- Church members who leave the church for seemingly silly or no reasons.
- Expectations by members/lack of time.
- Performing tasks where the pastor/staff does not have competencies.
- Family concerns.
- Staff issues.
- Lack of volunteers.
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