Great Expectations:  Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

Great Expectations: Does Your Pastor Have To Be Superhuman?

  Here are some interesting statistics from https://www.soulshepherding.org/pastors-under-stress/ 75% of pastors report being “extremely stressed” or “highly stressed” 90% work between 55 to 75 hours per week 90% feel fatigued and worn out every week 70% say they’re grossly underpaid 40% report a serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month 78% were forced to resign from their church (63% at least twice), most commonly because of church conflict 80% will not be in ministry ten years later and only a fraction make it a lifelong career. On average, seminary trained pastors last only five years in church ministry 100% of 1,050 Reformed and Evangelical pastors had a colleague who had left the ministry because of burnout, church…

Same Old Same Old

Before Sunday evening prayer service, one our ministers allows people to share prayer needs with the congregation. We allow, even encourage, our children to speak their requests. My 2 daughters always name the same things: my older daughter’s skin condition and my chronic headaches. I am told they also name these same requests every Wednesday night in their Kids’ Bible Night classes. So recently my seven year old decided to save a little time. She raised her hand, waited to be called on, and then said, “Just the same old same old.” There was a pause, and then the adults in the congregation laughed out loud. This was funny on several levels. First, the way she said it was funny.…

Prayer IS Allowed in School

I’ve heard many people say that “The Bible is not allowed in public schools”. However, this is not at all true. To ban the Bible from school would be a blatant infringement of the students’ rights. Students are allowed to take Bibles to school and read or discuss it on their own time as they would any other book. They may not use it to disrupt class in any way, but they are free to carry, read, and discuss it just like any other book. In fact, it may even be taught as literature, as it is an ancient source of history, poetry, etc. I even know of public schools that have religion classes in which they study, compare, and…