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one year ago

It is a tough job

by Kathleen Webb

I was definitely surprised to read recently that 90% of pastors believe the ministry was completely different than what they expected after first starting their careers. 70% of surveyed pastors reported lower self- image now than when first starting their ministry. 40% of pastors said they have considered leaving their pastorates in the last three months. Weariness was also a challenge, with 70% feeling God called them to pastoral ministry before starting their careers, but after three years of ministry, only 50% still felt called to the work (http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/167379-philip-wagner-secret-pain-of-pastors.html#.VQM6IEjD4PQ.email).

So, I decided to survey local faith leaders to get their take on these statistics.

28% (compared to the 90% nationally) stated they believe the ministry was completely different than what they expected after starting their careers. 28% (70% nationally) reported lower self-image now, and 28% (45% nationally) reported they considered leaving their pastorates in the last three months. 100% of local faith leaders (50% nationally) still felt God called them to their work.

Being a faith leader is a tough job.

Peter Drucker said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are: the President of the United States, a university president, a CEO of a hospital, and a pastor.

So, what can we do to show appreciation of and support for our pastor/faith leader?

I asked local faith leaders in our community, “As a Faith Leader, do you feel other faith leaders would feel appreciated if they received….” The highest response was to provide a vacation (100% agreement). 71% stated (1) prayers for guidance, protection, healthy friends, inspiration, unity and clarity, (2) gift certificates to restaurants and for car repairs, and (3) cover expenses to a conference. Another popular response was provide a Pastor’s Appreciation Day (57%).   

We all need to be appreciated for our work. The bottom line for me is that we depend on our faith leaders for inspiration, counseling, support and leadership, so shouldn’t we do a better job showing our appreciation?

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. How will you show your appreciation for the work your faith leader does every day?

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