I am richly blessed as a pastor. I just got back from having breakfast with one of the men in the church and it was as much about his desire to encourage me as it was about my desire to impart some blessing to him. It was a great time. That notwithstanding there are days… my but there are days when I wonder about it. I don’t question my call, I’m past that for now.
Mondays are usually the worst days of the week for me. I remember Joe Stowell (I think) saying that pastors suffer from Post-adrenaline-depression on Monday’s and then citing a few studies to back it up. I think he’s right. Sunday night I’m usually bushed. Monday I’m usually Blue and by Tuesday I’m feeling the pressure of next Sunday not to mention this Wednesday night and the scheduled and unscheduled visits and discipleship times.
One of the more difficult aspects of Pastoral ministry for me is trying to determine what to weigh my success or failure in the ministry against. What exactly is my yardstick?
Right on time here comes Dan Phillips With a most excellent series: The hardest aspect of pastoral ministry Addressing the exact problem.