Friday, July 17, 2015

Pastor Killer Churches

Job offers roll across my desk all the time but for all of them I am either not eligible (though I have two Masters degrees, I do not have a seminary degree) or their pay rate is somewhere around "all the tree bark you can eat."

But then I get some like this that make me run screaming:

I only have one thing to say:

Let's talk some commonsense here.

You can have a leader who is a teacher/administrator (task orientation) or you can have a leader who is a preacher/counselor (relational orientation), but you cannot have both. In both Exodus 18 and Acts 6, God teaches us the serious danger of trying to fulfill every role. Moses and the apostles learned this the hard way.

I know way too many pastors who have burned themselves out attempting to meet unrealistic expectations and if the church who sent out the job call insists on a pastor who would fulfill all five roles, the search team has set a course for certain disaster. Scripture and my interaction with burned out pastors affirm this.

Just out of curiosity, what about your church's expectations?

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes they say what you want to hear, and still expect all five rolls filled, on a part time salary. My husband was burned every time.