Six Areas Where Your Pastor Is Struggling

Let’s not be naïve. Every pastor struggles.

Most of us have been around pastors and churches long enough to know the truth of these statements.

Christian maturity also helps us to understand that every pastor and leader struggles.

Today, I want to equip you to help your pastor by recognizing some of the most prominent areas where pastors struggle.

At some point in the future, I may address these individually.

Where does a pastor struggle?

First, pastors struggle with time pressure. It is simply very difficult to juggle all the different things your pastor must do. Almost all pastors I know have difficulty with this. I certainly do.

Pastors move from one area to another with amazing quickness. I, and many other pastors, have gone from a wedding of indescribable joy to the funeral of a child with unimaginable grief.

How do you care for everyone’s needs, including those of your own family members? The job puts incredible demands on your pastor.

Second, pastors struggle with temptation.

We all do. Don’t assume that Satan doesn’t have a bull’s-eye on the back of your pastor. While Satan is not all wise or all knowing, he certainly knows where we are weak and vulnerable and tempts us in those areas.

Third, your pastor struggles with “the relentless return of the Sabbath.” In other words, he struggles with being able to prepare for two, three, or four or more preparations each week. Do you know of any other job that puts that kind of demand on a person?

Fourth, your pastor struggles with the needs of his own family. Your pastor’s family deals with all the issues that your family does. In addition, they deal with all of the same hurts that you do.

Most pastors I know struggle in the areas of having quality time with their family, effectively leading the church, and having enough money to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate children.

Fifth, your pastor struggles with leadership and relationship skills.

Modern churches require demanding leadership and relationship skills. I’m sure you recognize that everyone doesn’t have both sets of skills. That in itself puts pressure on your pastor.

Finally, your pastor struggles with encouragement.

The number one enemy your pastor probably struggles with is discouragement, the tendency to be exasperated and throw up his hands and quit.

Let’s face it; we sheep are not easy to deal with.

Because of all these struggles, we need to pray for our pastors and ask God to bestow His amazing grace upon them.

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  1. Tissie Gibson
    Oct 20, 2016

    I’ve often thought about many of these things you have mentioned. It amazes me how you can keep doing what you do – day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. I pray for you and your family each and every day and ask God to give you the strength to keep doing what you are doing. You and Martha have blessed so many during your ministry.

  2. Jim Matthews
    Oct 20, 2016

    God be with you and give you the strength to carry on.

  3. Yvonne Kinchen
    Oct 20, 2016

    Randy and I have often discussed the stressful aspects of your job and pray for God’s strength,peace and comfort
    to allow you to continue God’s work.

    • Waylon
      Oct 20, 2016

      Thanks to all of you for your kind words. I feel especially for my fellow pastors who do not have the support that I experience.

  4. Sylvia Snyder
    Oct 20, 2016

    To me you and Martha are amazing and I think of both of you as how God has used you to teach and encourage us. I can imagine how difficult it is for a pastor to do everything that you do. I know that God must have his amazing grace upon you and your family. Just know that he has your back as long as there’s trust and faith. I always pray for you and your family and the church. Thank you for doing such a great job.

  5. Joe Urick
    Oct 20, 2016

    Waylon, I cannot imagine the stress that comes with your day. I never looked at you as having a JOB ! When I see you and think about you and pray for you I know it is not like praying for someone to be healed or decisions people need to make or any other single thing we as your flock face daily. We need to pray for all those things that you mentioned and more. What we cannot feel is the compassion you heave for each and every person you meet. But we all see that compassion and warmth you and Martha have for everyone and that is a blessing to us and to those lives you touch. We are truly blessed to have you both and Jean and I will always pray for you.

  6. Bethellen
    Oct 20, 2016

    Don and I pray daily for you. Love you and your family.

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