So often today folks go to church, have a cup of coffee, joke with some friends, sit and listen, then try to be the first in line at the Sunday lunch restaurant. Now of course there are a lot of folks who also get to church early, set up chairs, stay after and tear down. Some men are Deacons and Elders and meet during the week. A healthy church has a lot of moving parts and most rely on the solid leadership of the one guy who gets beat on the most, your pastor.
Now I don’t think most of us will ever hear our pastor complain about the hardships he faces, the long days and calls, emails and text he gets. The hospital visits, the weddings, the counselling and the meetings. Not to mention his sermons and study time to write a good sermon. I remember once my Pastor buddy told me about his Mondays and how he was dealing with weariness, the thoughts of how he could have done better with his sermon Sunday, a comment someone made on the way out the door. It really opened my eyes to the hardships they face personally in their hearts and minds.
Some fun facts for you. 72% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
84% of pastors feel they are on call 24/7. 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families. Many pastor’s children do not attend church now because of what the church has done to their parents. 65% of pastors feel their family lives in a “glass house” and fear they are not good enough to meet expectations. 23% of pastors report being distant to their family.
78% of pastors report having their vacation and personal time interrupted with ministry duties or expectations.65% of pastors feel they have not taken enough vacation time with their family over the last 5 years. Oh and this goes on and on. So, let’s talk about how we can help.
Here are 5 things you can do to help your pastor live a bit easier.
We pride ourselves in KOZ to be self-sufficient. We are just a group of men in the church who rally together, use the KOZ materials and our hearts and go rescue boys. It doesn’t have to be a huge money thing. The boys just want time with you and your posse. For more on starting a KOZ group in your church go to www.KidsOutdoorZone.com.
Your pastor may be, is probably the least thanked and most over worked person in your church. Love on him without expectations. Love on his family they need it too. He has been called to one of the toughest jobs in the world and needs backup. Be that guy.