This is part of larger series: Truth for Rookie Pastors.
How much of your daily life is spent doing the kind of ministry you thought before you were hired as a pastor?
The percentages will vary but I would guess that the number is lower than you had hoped.
We do a lot of things that aren’t ministry.
We have a lot of conversations that aren’t ministry.
We go to a lot of meetings that aren’t ministry.
Seth Godin talks about clean fire trucks. Fireman put fires out, they don’t really prevent them which means they have plenty of time to clean their fire trucks.
Pastors spend a lot of time preparing or waiting for ministry.
This leads to frustration.
The truth is ministry isn’t as glamorous as you had hoped. It isn’t a higher calling in life, but you are held to a higher standard.
Frustration is unrealized entitlement. You didn’t get what you thought you were going to get.
As soon as you kill the selfish nature that tells you that you deserve better you embrace the reality and most importantly start looking for ways to change it.