What’s So Hard About Being a Pastor?

Many people think that a pastor only works a few hours per week. They do not think about the hours of sermon preparation, meetings, praying, counseling, and many other things that can creep up.

I’m not writing this to address the aforementioned parts of the work. I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the pastor. The one who cries when someone walks away from the faith. The one who prays for years for someone to give her life to Christ. The one who cries out to God when someone hates him for no other reason than he is the pastor.

The pastor is much like John who said in III John 4, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” The reverse is the same. I have no greater heartache than to hear that those whom I spiritually oversee are dabbling in drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. and are jumping from house to prison to another house. These things grieve me. Why? Because the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart, and I love people.

You might look at your pastor as some religious nut, but it may be that he loves you more than your parents do. It could be that your pastor cries out to God for you on a daily basis because he wants God’s best for you. So next time you want to complain or speak badly of your pastor, consider these things. He may be the one who prayed for God to protect you, and God answered His prayer. Ponder that!

13 thoughts on “What’s So Hard About Being a Pastor?

  1. I so appreciate the love, prayers, and dedication of all pastors out there. No, it is not just a few hours a week. Being so closely involved with pastors of Life church online I see how much time is dedicated to reaching the lost.
    Thank you for what you do.

      1. It is such a blessing to serve the Lord. But yes, can get so overwhelmed too. I now have a community God put on my heart. It is tiny, but it keeps me busy. Plus trying to network so people know the community is available!

  2. Let’s not forget that our pastors are human too. They need our prayers and support. They may be struggling with the same things as we do—illness, finances, death of loved ones, etc.

  3. Wonderful post on God’s servants who have a heart for people! We must look beyond the surface in the lives of those who follow Christ. Thanks. Just a reminder also that we all need prayer, including pastors.

  4. I greatly respect pastors. It’s hard work with little acknowledgement, as painful as it is joyful, and can sometimes be dangerous. Definitely a calling! God bless you for heeding His call!

  5. I am not a pastor, but I definitely identified with what you described here in this post regarding your love for the Lord and your love for people. I feel it! I experience it, too. And, it comes from Jesus! So, Amen! Thank you so much for sharing that!!

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