Want to “shoot yourself in the foot” as a pastor?
Hopefully, through this blog and my conference speaking I have established myself as someone that loves pastors. I came into vocational ministry mid-career and it gave me a unique perspective on the role. I want pastors to succeed.
Of course, no one would intentionally cripple their ministry, but I have seen some ways pastors get into trouble if they aren’t careful. This is a light-hearted post, but it has serious ramifications.
12 ways to shoot yourself in the foot as a pastor:
Do life alone, trust no one and have no “real” friends.
Question everyone’s motive in the church.
Don’t learn or get to know know key stakeholders in the church.
Constantly compare the success (or lack there of) your ministry to other ministries.
Refuse any outside critique or evaluation.
Keep your family life always second to the church.
Take personal pride in numbers.
Believe you have to do everything, be everywhere and never say “no”.
Spend time with God only when preparing for a message.
Ignore the warning signs of burnout.
Pretend you’re good when you’re not. Always protect your image.
Ignore personal health.
Pastors, what would you add?
(Obviously, I’m praying you recognize the sarcasm and do the opposite of each of these. If you need help, please reach out.)