I recently received this question.
Ron—What do you think are some of the most frustrating things that pastors experience?
Great question. I’m sure, like most jobs, there are frustrating things that happen while doing the best you know to do.
Leadership deals with people. Different people.
There can always be frustrations dealing with people different from us. Even people who love each other can be frustrated by each other.
But the question was “most frustrating.” I had to think about that question.
I should first mention that I love the local church. (I shouldn’t have to mention it, but I do.) I believe the church is the hope for the world. I am a proponent of the local, Bible-believing church. We are filled with imperfect people, but our mission is God-inspired, God-given and to be God-glorifying.
Here’s my reply:
1. People who abuse power or position.
It always bothers me, but even more so when it happens in the church. That includes, of course, the pastor.
Ultimately, we are to follow Christ, but sometimes we can let positions and power get in the way of humility and obedience.