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Anointed and Annoyed: 7 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Deal With

2. Pastors are annoyed by people who live dual lives.

Hypocrisy. One church face and one community face. Frustrating. It gives the church a bad name.

Many of my unchurched friends won’t come to church because they know someone who comes to church already. And they aren’t impressed.

3. Pastors are annoyed by rumors that spread with no basis of truth.

(And, yes, it happens … often.)

4. Pastors are annoyed by selfishness.

People who want what they want, even at the expense and inconvenience of others; who will allow their personal preference to interfere with carrying out the ultimate mission of the church.

Doesn’t sound very biblical to me.

5. Pastors are annoyed by tradition.

I’m not against tradition per se. I like meeting at a set time every week, for example. I love getting gifts at Christmas.

I get frustrated with tradition that is adhered to only because of tradition, even though it gets in the way of making disciples.

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.