Hardly anyone seems to notice, but pastors burn out at an alarming rate. They suffer from higher rates of obesity, hypertension and depression. They rarely go on vacation or have time off. Many would change jobs if they could.
That’s why we should all take a moment and thank pastors for what they do. And during Pastor Appreciation Month, we encourage you to tell your minister what a difference he’s made in your life.
Pastors have a great job, serving God and passing on the Lord’s Word. But, conversely, they take on stressful duties.
At one moment, they can be presiding over a wedding. And, later the same day, they can be administering last rites.
Imagine how many times a telephone rings in a pastor’s home. Imagine how that has been magnified with cell phones and social media.
In recent years, many protestant organizations have been making sure pastors take their vacation time. Some churches insist that pastors take Mondays or Fridays off.
In H.B. London’s book, “Pastors at Greater Risk,” more than 90 percent of pastors interviewed say they work more than 50 hours a week. They also say they feel like their work is never done. The pressure builds up stress in their family life as well, with 94 percent saying they feel like they’re under constant scrutiny.
Many pastors have no life outside church, with few friends and hobbies. They live their church members’ problems 24/7 and experience burnout as a result.
The question emerges: Where’s the joy?
Many find it in teaching the gospel and serving the Lord. Preaching remains the primary way to dispense God’s grace and to save lives.
The church is the only institution Christ promised to build and bless. “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.” (Matt. 16:18).
Without question, pastors play an important role in Christian life. They help keep families together. They’re experts on figuring out what pleases Christ. Their comfort and encouragement can bring you closer to God.
We appreciate all pastors and understand their journey.