In this episode I have a conversation with Roy Yanke of PIR (Pastors in Residence) Ministries about the current status of pastoral health in the Church. We talk about the need for pastors to implement life giving rhythms into their daily schedules. We also talk about how a pastor can determine if they are simply in need of a break or need to transition out of pastoral ministry altogether.
In my coaching work with church leaders, I often see pastors struggling with narratives they aren’t even aware are taking place in their minds. These “voices” can come from internal and external, spoken and unspoken expectations. They can come from years of church tradition. They can come from a demanding parent or other voice from the past. In this episode, I want to challenge pastors with this powerful question, “Who said so?”
When we can identify where a voice is coming from, we have much more clarity and power to ascertain whether that voice is one we need to listen to or not.
Whose voice should I be leaning into?
In this show I’m going to label a few common areas in which churches place unbiblical and unrealistic expectations upon their pastors and I will share how you can overcome them.
Many churches think that because they have a “full-time” pastor it literally means they have a full-time pastor.
The pastor is expected to do pretty much everything in the church.
It’s not uncommon for churches to have an expectation of what a pastor should view as an acceptable standard of living.
It’s not just the pastor we have hired, but we also get access to their spouse and sometimes their kids as well.
The pastor needs to be careful about how they spend their time outside of their church role.
How do you overcome this?