I have served as a pastor now for almost 35 years and have never regretted one moment.  Sure, there were and still are difficult times, but all-in-all, my ministry continues to be filled with tremendous blessings and joy as I preach and serve my Lord.  There are many things about the pastorate that I enjoy.  I enjoy the daily studying and preparing for sermons.  I enjoy spending time with people, especially just sitting and talking over a cup of coffee.  I enjoy sitting in a counseling session and helping people work through their own difficulties.  It brings great joy and excitement when I see the Lord repair a marriage, or a broken life.  It really doesn’t get any better unless it is the joy of leading someone to the saving knowledge of Christ and witnessing a person being transformed from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love. (Colossians 1:13 NKJV)

I recently read an article in Christianity Today entitled, “That stat that says pastors are all miserable and want to quit.” [1]  According to the article, pastors are not leaving in droves as some suggest but that does not mean that they are being fulfilled. In a survey conducted by Francis Schaffer Institute’s Into Thy Word, 75% of the pastors felt they were unqualified and/or poorly trained by their seminaries to lead and manage the church or to counsel others. This left them disheartened in their ability to pastor.

 

We need to pray for our pastors.  I am certain that God is still calling men to the ministry and our churches need to do more to encourage our young men to step out in faith and serve God in this capacity.  I am often reminded of what the Apostle Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:12, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry.”  If it is God who has put a person in the ministry, then shouldn’t it be God who removes that person from the ministry? I say, unequivocally, YES!!!

 

[1] Christianity Today, October 14, 2015