Why Is Ministry So Hard?

ChurchLeaders | 7/18/2018 | Staff
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The 2017-2018 ministry year has been one of my hardest. It’s odd to feel that way because it was such a great year.

I have an amazing staff that I get to work with every day.

Pastor - Leadership - Team - Empowers

I have a pastor and leadership team that believes in me and empowers me.

We saw amazing success in so many different areas of our church.

Bone - Ever - Way

But I’m tired. Bone tired? Ever feel that way?

This year I’ve had to juggle more responsibilities than normal.

Year - School - Load - Kids

This year’s school load for the kids has been really heavy.

This year, it seemed like someone was sick every week.

Year - Challenges - Shortage - Resources - Stuff

This year’s challenges were mostly connected to a shortage of resources (that sounds familiar, right?) and hard life/family stuff. There were years when resources weren’t an issue and family stuff was good, but there were some vision/leadership challenges that made things difficult. There were years when I didn’t know if I was in the right place and God was quiet on where I was supposed to be.

After 21 years of ministry, I’ve sensed a theme.

Ministry - Year - Year - Challenges - Thing

Ministry is hard. Every year is different. Every year sees new challenges. Regardless, one thing is certain—it’s not going to be easy. If you’re new to ministry, let me tell you a few things:

You will question if God actually called you to ministry and if you heard him right.


People will disappoint you.

People will be terrible to you or your family on occasions.

Family - Ministry - Role - Times

Your family will resent your ministry role at times.

You will feel alone.

Programs - Ministries - Years

Programs and ministries that took years to build will disappear overnight.

You will feel overwhelmed.

You will feel abandoned.

You will feel spent.


Any questions?

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