Unintentionally Crippling Your Ministry

There are common ways we can jeopardize our role 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.

It’s like shooting yourself in the foot. 

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 Jeopardize Your Role as Pastor:

1. Do life alone—trust no one and have no “real” friends.

2. Question everyone’s motive in the church—assume everyone is out to get you.

3. Don’t learn or consider the impact of key stakeholders in the church.

4. Take personal pride in numbers and constantly compare the success (or lack there of) your ministry to other ministries.

5. Refuse any outside critique or evaluation.

6. Keep your family life always second to the church—and make “ministry” excuses for doing so.

7. Cling to the few negative voices. Reread that negative email (even with no basis of truth) over and over again. 

8. Believe you have to do everything, be everywhere and never say “no” to anyone. 

9. Spend time with God only when preparing for a message.

10. Ignore the warning signs of burnout.

11. Always protect your image. Pretend you’re good when you’re not.

12. Ignore personal physical or spiritual 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.)

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Ron Edmondson is the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He revitalized two churches and planted two more.