ten Reasons Ministry Discomfort is Really Tough
Most of us who have done ministry for any length of time know the pain of the work. Sometimes it’s gripping… ongoing… overpowering. Here are some reasons why it is especially difficult discomfort:
1 . All of us start ministry along with excitement and joy, never thinking about the possible pain. But , then it happens. It catches us off-guard, plus we’re not instantly sure what to do by it. Confusion compounds this.
2 . No one can adequately prepare all of us for the pain. Veteran pastors, seminary professors, and good friends may share their experiences, but there’s no chance to describe the pain until you’ve felt this. No way.
a few. Sometimes it’s pals who bring the discomfort. It really hurts whenever someone you love stabs you in the back. Losing a Christian friend—particularly for unknown or unfounded reasons—hurts.
4. Attempting to comes unexpectedly. I actually still think about times when I thought our ministry was going quite well, only to be caught off guard simply by conflict and resistance. Not only does the pain hurt, but it then also feels like you have missed something somewhere as a leader.
5. Our families often hurt a lot more than we do. That is because they sometimes hear more than we perform through the grapevine, and in addition they naturally jump to our defense. Even when we might let go of the pain, our family may still struggle.
6. A few of the reasons/causes for the discomfort are ludicrous. I have often said that we all pastors could not constitute some of the things we’ve faced in ministry. I stand by that statement—it’s amazing exactly what crazy things several church members will believe (and do).
7. Whenever pain robs us of our joy, all of us sometimes begin to question our calling… or whether we nevertheless want to fulfill that will calling. That is, the problem hits at the quite core of who we are. Pain results in questioning, confusion, and doubt.
6. After too many episodes of pain, some of us begin to look for the following pain. We’re sure it will happen, and we don’t want to be surprised—so we operate along with suspicion of anyone that doesn’t seem to be aboard. That’s a terrible way to lead.
9. Sometimes our discomfort reminds us of times when we were wrongly the cause of someone else’s pain. We want to let it go, yet we still carry guilt over yesterday’s actions. The enemy resurrects the situation within our minds, and we give him a stronghold.
10. Many of us choose to carry the pain on our own. We don’t readily share with our spouses, lest they get angry and hurt, too. Nor do we typically talk with other pastors if we don’t want them to see us struggling. Our isolation in the pain only compounds it.
Church leaders, what would you add to this list? And, what now ? to avoid letting yesterday’s pain consume you today?
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