I recently spoke with a very talented and committed pastor who has left the ministry, because he was pressured to do a lot of nice things. In the end, he concluded that he was so busy with church work (administration, meetings, reports, playing manager), that he did not have time for God, his family, or his passion – proclaiming the word of God. He works in the banking industry now, and here is his report:
“It is wonderful to live a normal life! The best part is, I have enough time for my family. I have enough time to study the word of God, and because I am not tied up at church all the time – I am able to be the Church in the world.”He concluded by saying that as pastor he had an office at the church, and everyone expected him to be there 5 days a week, preaching on Sundays, going to meetings, and visiting people in need during the evenings. He ended up estranged from the world outside the Church building.
It all came to a halt when his congregation started to accuse him of having no clue of the reality of the real world.
Today, pastors are consumed with the things we believe the congregation expects from us! Many of these expectations are there because Pastors themselves try to do everything! (If we don’t do it, who will?) Many such expectations even date from many years ago, and are really 'out-dated.'
What are your expectations concerning your pastor?
If you should consider these expectations, please list the 5 most important ones, and the amount of time you believe a pastor must spend on them.