This is part of a larger series: Truth for Rookie Pastors.
You will spend a lot of time on non-ministry tasks
Most don’t care about your theology, especially if you don’t connect with them.
Nothing works exactly like the book you read or the speaker you heard said it would.
Life Change doesn’t occur in one sermon
People will get mad at you.
What you thought was an encouragement drastically changed with three little letters: “but”
The reality is that ministry is hard. Rationally Rookie Pastors are aware of this fact, but few of us are prepared to deal with it when it smacks us in the face.
Maybe this takes off some of the shine of ministry. It probably should though. In going into ministry you are going to be faced with much that you aren’t expecting some of which will shake you and cause you to raise questions.
As a youth pastor my goal is to prepare students for life after high school, not necessarily to prepare them for life during high school. To do this I have had to change my approach and be more open and honest with them. Hiding them from what is coming doesn’t serve their long term interests.
Rookie Pastors are also poorly served if we hide some of the ugliness and the certainty that we will encounter it as pastors and leaders in the church.