What’s Your Issue?


I’m struck by this list of twenty issues that Christian leaders face. It’s found in an excellent new book called Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God


  1. I’m really just average in my skills.
  2. I’m often not sure what I’m supposed to be doing.
  3. I have hidden emotional issues, some of which are derived from my relationship with my father and my mother
  4. I’m often motivated by self-glory.
  5. I’m battling sin constantly (and losing occasionally).
  6. I work too much
  7. I have an inconsistent spiritual life.
  8. People get on my nerves.
  9. My marriage is average.
  10. I’m not sure if I’m a good dad/mom/husband/wife.
  11. I really don’t find joy in my job.
  12. I’m too young and inexperienced/my best days are behind me.
  13. i’m really uncomfortable around unsaved people.
  14. I don’t have a close friend I can trust.
  15. I rely on my position and guilt to get people to do things.
  16. I make decisions without prayer or consulting others.
  17. I waste my time on trivial matters.
  18. I am often more concerned about myself than others.
  19. I’m struggling financially.
  20. I’m often tempted sexually.

I doubt that many of these issues are unique to pastors. The problem is when pastors feel they have to struggle alone.

Three observations:

  • Pastors need to be appropriately open about these struggles. It’s time to climb off the pedestal.
  • Pastors need the gospel.
  • Pastors need community.

Check out Gospel Coach

. It looks like a fascinating and helpful book.

What’s Your Issue?
Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada