Let’s imagine you’re looking for a job online and come across a posting that describes the position as follows:
WANTED: Gregarious, dynamic and charismatic leader; excellent teaching and speaking skills required; must be empathetic and a good listener; proficient in conflict resolution, capable of juggling numerous priorities and managing unrealistic expectations. Must be available seven days per week, 24 hours per day. Compensation is not commensurate with experience.
Are you ready to apply?
I can probably guess what you’re thinking – “I’m not crazy, Jim! Who’d want a job like that?”
Your pastor, that’s who.
A recent study found that although pastors generally face financial stressors and myriad ministry demands, only about one percent leave the pulpit each year for reasons other than retirement.
That’s not crazy. That’s calling.
Sticking with it despite the challenging, sometimes brutal, work environment shows how deeply pastors care about their flock. Some pastors are so committed to living out the call that they have to work two jobs to make ends meet.
As you can imagine, pastors and their families endure a lot of stress and pressure. That’s why every year in October, Focus on the Family encourages churches to celebrate Clergy Appreciation Month. It’s a chance for congregations to honor their pastors and their families for their hard work, commitment and sacrificial dedication.
I want to leave you with a video featuring my dear friend, the Reverend H.B. London, Focus on the Family’s “Pastor to Pastors” emeritus. H.B. is now semi-retired and lives in California with his wife, Beverly. He continues to help pastor a church and regularly travels the country to encourage fellow members of the clergy. In the video below he’ll share some ideas that will help you celebrate your pastor and his family this year.
Learn more about the 23rd annual Clergy Appreciation Month by visiting our website at http://www.thrivingpastor.com/clergyappreciation/.