14 Things NOT to Say to Your Pastor

The list is meant to be both humorous and serious. And I bet almost every pastor has heard all of these in the course of a ministry.

Enjoy. But do not repeat (at least to your pastor).

1. I wish I had a job like yours, where I would work only one day a week.

2. What do you do with all the free time you have?

3. Can I have a couple of minutes before you preach?

4. I love you pastor, but _______________________________ (fill in the blank).

5. I like your preaching, pastor, but I really like ____________________________ (fill in the blank with television or podcast preacher).

6. Can your wife play piano?

7. Your kids shouldn’t behave that way. After all, they are pastor’s kids.

8. Your low salary is good for you. It keeps you humble and dependent on the Lord.

9. I bet you don’t spend any time preparing your sermons.

10. Pastor ________________ (predecessor pastor) didn’t do it that way.

11. You don’t have a real degree. You went to seminary.

12. How much longer do you think you’ll be at our church?

13. Did I wake you up pastor? It’s only 1:00 am.

14. Did you hear what they are saying about you?

Do you have any statements or questions to add to this list?

How many of you have heard these statements before?  

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Thom Rainer
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com). Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and six grandchildren. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches.