How on earth can you last for over 20 years in ministry?
I was recently talking to a friend of mine who planted his church 20 years ago and is still thriving in ministry.
We were discussing the complexities of ministry today.
Let’s face it, pastoring has never been easy.
Pastoring Is Complex
However, I think today’s ministry life make it even more difficult because of a few different factors:
- mobile phones make pastors more readily accessible
- member’s irregularity in their Sunday attendance
- ‘never off’ online world
- even committed people seem to take longer to become solid givers when they join a church
These are just a few of the things that make pastoral life complex and pressured.
Over the last 3 ½ years we’ve conducted nearly 70 consults in local churches ranging in size from 75 to 1000. Amongst the many things I’ve seen there’s been one key issue for me as I’ve talked with dozens of pastors.