When Church Members Keep Second-Guessing Your Pastoral Decisions

What do pastors, politicians and major league coaches have in common? A whole lot of people who’ve never done their job are convinced they could do it better. The less experience they have the more certain they are, because those who’ve actually done it know how hard it is. I can’t speak to how it feels as a politician or coach to constantly be second-guessed by everyone who’s ever watched a game or (not) voted in an election, but I do know how pastors feel when we’re constantly criticized by people who don’t have enough information, but still give lots of advice. In fact it may be harder on pastors because, unlike politicians and major league coaches, most of our critics aren’t strangers in the stands, they’re people we know very closely. If this is something you’re experiencing as a pastor in your church today, let me offer a few words of comfort and advice.

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What do pastors, politicians and major league coaches have in common? A whole lot of people who’ve never done their job are convinced they could do it better.

The less experience they have the more certain they are, because those who’ve actually done it know how hard it is.

In fact it may be harder on pastors because, unlike politicians and major league coaches, most of our critics aren’t strangers in the stands, they’re people we know very closely.

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