This is part of larger series: Truth for Rookie Pastors.
You thought you would be spending your days reading and doing word studies, but instead you are unclogging toilets and painting walls. All while still be expected to preach or sing or staff a ministry.
If you went the traditional route of Bible College/Seminary the realities of ministry might have smacked you in the head.
These realities will deal with the physical, but they aren’t limited to this. Most of the time the stuff that is really exhausting will be come back to interpersonal relationships.
Being a pastor means that you will be wearing multiple hats and won’t necessarily be tired from the intensity of the work but tired from the fact that you kept getting derailed and things had to be put to the side.
You are working on your sermon and are interrupted by important things like visiting someone in the hospital and the unimportant like an unexpected visitor stopping by to complain about the volume of the music or the length of your sermon.
As a Rookie Pastor you will be faced with the challenge of working hard on the essentials while being distracted by the many urgent needs in a church.
When you go home at night you will be exhausted and you won’t be able to clearly articulate what you did all day that made you so exhausted, but without a good work ethic you will come home with a to-do list that’s just as long as it was when you walked out the door that morning.