I came across this tweet today:
Wow, this is getting a lot of traction: 10 things pastors hate to admit publicly. http://t.co/HGxEUPDF2c
— Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel) April 12, 2014
Because I respect Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ and other books), I clicked the link. It took me to a post by a pastor named Matt Boswell, whom I otherwise don’t know.
This pastor’s post, which Lee Strobel says is “getting a lot of traction,” was written the day before yesterday (April 11, 2014). In this two-thousand-word post, the pastor, speaking on behalf of pastors everywhere (“I want to share the 10 things we as pastors don’t really want you to know about us.”), admits the following ten things:
1. We Take It Personally When You Leave The Church.
2. We Feel Pressure To Perform Week After Week.
3. We Struggle With Getting Our Worth From Ministry.
4. We Regularly Think About Quitting.
5. We Say We Are Transparent – It’s Actually Opaque.
6. We Measure Ourselves By The Numbers.
7 We Spend More Time Discouraged Than Encouraged.
8. We Worry About What You Think.
9. We Struggle With Competition And Jealousy.
10. We Feel Like We Failed You More Than We Helped You.
I can testify that these admissions are largely consistent with what I experienced during most of my 15 years in professional ministry (1979-1994) – both in my own life and in the lives of the pastors I knew.
Doesn’t this state of affairs tell you that something is wrong with the organized church? And doesn’t it make more sense to seek the kingdom of God instead of church?
Forget organized church; it will lead you in circles Instead, heed the word of God and seek Jesus Christ our Lord.
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