So Many Wrong Reasons to Become a Pastor

handprints 1240 x 697If you’re debating becoming a pastor, here’s a list of wrong reasons to become one, including some better alternatives to consider.

This may be why the pastoral drop-out rate is so high. Especially in the early years. Knowing them may save you – and your church – a lot of heartache.

That long list is followed by a very short list. The only good reasons I know to become a pastor.

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3 thoughts on “So Many Wrong Reasons to Become a Pastor”

  1. I love New Small Church and Pivot, but to my great discredit, my first post (as far as I can remember) at New Small Church is a critical one. Sorry about that, but I’ve got to respond.

    There isn’t too much wrong with this article, and 99% of it resonates with me (as a bi-vocational leader I’m posting this when I should be writing tomorrow’s sermon, but I know deep down that what I really should be doing is spending Saturday with my family…)

    But the last line, “it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love”, I just can’t accept. It’s something I’ve heard often from pastors and other believers, and it just isn’t true. Yes, pastoring is hard, no doubt. But we can’t afford to perpetuate this myth that somehow being in ministry is tougher than other callings. It is the old Greek pluralism, the old sacred vs secular myth in another guise. It is spiritual pride, and it does us no credit and hinders our ability to serve those God has given us.

    I don’t care what you do, if you are doing it unto the Lord, that will be the hardest job you’ll ever love. I look at my “secular” work and compare it to my “sacred” work, and it is no contest. Despite the very real struggles/sacrifices of serving a body of Christ, the biggest challenges for me have been in my “secular” work as I have sought to be Christ in an environment that is antagonistic to Him.

    Unlike most readers here, I’m not American and I’m not in the US, so perhaps your context is different from mine, but I doubt it. For those of you who are bi-vocational, some of you won’t understand what I’m saying, others of you will know exactly what I mean. But, whatever our context, we are not special, we are simply doing what we are called to do.

    Aside from that, thanks for another great post Karl (I really mean this). New Small Church/Pivot and The Grasshopper Myth have been game changers for me and I’m eternally grateful.

    1. Andrew – I am what you would call a bivocational. I would encourage you to not call it that. You only have one calling – serving Christ. You do that in many ways, the most important of which is when you are wlth the lost earning a living and shining the light of truth. That does not split yourt calling into two. Unite your calling into one – “always…”. 1 Cor 15:57,58. This was written to businessmen.
      I would exhort you to discover how to equip the saints without sermons, without lecturing them, without you talking the whole time in one-way communication, with no expected verbal heart response from them. Share or partner the teaching with others. Your ministry is to be an example others imitate. They cannot imitate a 30-45 minute Bible lecture. Neither “equip the saints” nor “preach the word…” can be exposited to mean lecture the word by one man for the whole time.

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