Podcast Episode #114
Pastors likely face one or more of these tensions every week, and sometimes on a daily basis. Most of these tensions are not between good and bad choices, but between two good choices. But the tensions exist regardless. And how a pastor handles them can be critical to the amount of effectiveness and satisfaction a pastor finds in ministry.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Bivocational pastors and church staff are my heroes.
- Pastoral ministry is a 24/7 vocation.
- Most pastors rarely are able to say “no.”
- Ministry in the community by pastors and church staff is rarely seen by church members.
- How much time a pastor spends in the office vs. the community is always a tension.
- Sometimes we neglect the “best” because we are busy doing the “good.”
- The time most often neglected for pastors is that spent with non-Christians in the community.
The nine tensions every pastor faces are:
- Family time versus church time.
- Office time versus time in the community.
- Being a people pleaser versus being a good steward.
- Visiting for crisis needs versus visiting for commonplace needs.
- Counseling versus referral.
- Spending time with church members versus spending time with non-Christians.
- Local church ministry versus other ministries.
- Being prophetic versus being positive.
- Long-term perspective versus short-term perspective.
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