Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America are:
- The President of the United States
- A university president
- A CEO of a hospital and
- A pastor
Before I became a pastor I remember thinking that being a pastor is a dream job. I can read the Bible all day, pray, and preach. I want to do that! It didn’t take long to conclude that being a pastor IS hard work. It’s not for the weak of heart. All of us know the job of a pastor is a 24/7 vocation with few perks and a multitude of unique challenges way beyond our pay grade. We wear themselves out trying to help people. In the process some of us unintentionally wound our families, marriages, and our own selves because we are so involved in ministry.
Approximately 85 percent of churches in America have less than 200 people. Sixty percent of churches are under 100 people. The average size congregation in the U.S. is 89 people, according to The Barna Group. Staffs are small, and needs are great. In the same week we have to be a Bible teacher, accountant, strategist, visionary, computer tech, counselor, public speaker, worship director, prayer warrior, mentor, leadership trainer and fundraiser. Ok, so maybe my wife Paula did most of that, but still!
- Ninety percent of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.
- Seventy percent say they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
But you know, if we had to do it all over again we would still all be pastors. But one thing I would do differently is take better care take of myself, my marriage, my kids, and my personal walk with Jesus.
When Pastor Fernando shared with us all the Pacific Southwest District’s initiative of HIM (Health, Improvement, Multiplication), he asked me to champion the Health component allowing me to collaborate with those in our Foursquare Movement who are already providing “health care” opportunities for our pastors. I’m not the expert. But I know who I think are!
With that in mind, I will be sharing monthly personal health tidbits, book recommendations, expert marriage counselor recommendations, and dates for “health” retreats/conferences/symposiums taking place throughout our district.
Thank you for your patience and kind indulgence as I navigate through this urgent and vast theme – Health!