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Anointed and Annoyed: 7 Most Frustrating Things Pastors Deal With

6. Pastors are annoyed by time wasters.

I’m on a mission. I have a keen sense that time is short and moves faster than I can fathom. I don’t want to waste precious Kingdom time debating issues that simply don’t matter.

7. Pastors are annoyed by half-heartedness.

Perhaps I got this one from Jesus. He called it being lukewarm. I sense it when the Spirit of God is obviously active in the room, but so many look at me as if it’s a typical Sunday.

I realize that sometimes this is cultural or worship-style preference. I’m OK when it’s that. It is frustrating when it’s a matter of immaturity of heart, especially when someone has been in the church for many years, but hasn’t grown deeper and more passionately in love with Christ.

Some days, I wish we were a ballgame. With bleachers. And a favorite team. Then they’d get excited.

So, that’s my honest list.

Pastor, share yours?

And you don’t have to be a pastor to share. What frustrates you most in the church?

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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.