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Should Pastoring Be THIS Hard? 4 Techniques to Survive and Thrive

3. Stop obsessing over growth—or lack of growth.

Do I really need to go over this one again?

If pastoring really is as hard as Drucker says, let’s be grateful to God for a healthy church, without adding the unrealistic burden of continual growth as a completely unnecessary brick to our load.

4. Listen to our own (and Jesus’) advice.

How many sermons have we preached on “Matthew 11:28-30“>my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” only to walk out of church with the weight of the world on our own shoulders?

How many times have we taught our church about the value of sabbath while working 24/7 ourselves?

How many times have we told people to put their family first, but have put off our own family evenings for church work?

How often have we encouraged people about the value of daily devotions, then go all week without opening our own Bible—only to scramble through it on a Saturday night looking for sermon material?

How many more pastors have to burn themselves out like this before we realize …

It doesn’t have to be this hard.

So what do you think? Have you put an unnecessary burden on yourself in ministry?  

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Karl is the author of four books and has been in pastoral ministry for almost 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 27 years with his wife, Shelley. Karl’s heart is to help pastors of small churches find the resources to lead well and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church. Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com, and has created S.P.A.R.K. Online (Small-Church Pastors Adapt & Recover Kit), which is updated regularly with new resources to help small churches deal with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis and aftermath.