As a pastor’s wife who first experienced ministry overseas and now with my husband pastor in a megachurch, church plant, and smaller church in the U.S., I will celebrate and honor him by offering my “Top Ten” on what you can do to appreciate and care for your local minister. Considering Pete Wilson‘s exit from CrossPoint Church in Nashville and scores of others, pastors face a special set of circumstances making them particularly prone to exhaustion and burnout. See also this research. Very few job positions require the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual expertise that being a pastor, especially a small-church pastor, demands. Every role, of course, is a high calling of service for God and neighbor and should be valued as such. Ministers, however, have unique challenges of which many are unaware. Ask any pastor’s spouse.
Fifteen years of ministry in three states have produced this list, so, as a disclaimer, no item points to any specific person or place in particular. Also, cultural differences abound—by geography, community, and church governance—which may impact this list. I chose what might apply to the largest audience.
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