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