Ten Common Sentiments Pastors Wish They Could Express

Apr 21, 2017 by Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I love pastors.

I respect pastors.

No, they aren’t perfect. Indeed, they often have many struggles and challenges. As I reviewed the thousands of comments I have heard from pastors, I began to see a pattern of silent expressions. Stated simply, there are many things pastors would like to say, but they don’t feel like they have the freedom to do so.

I compiled ten of the more common unspoken comments pastors wish they could express. They are in no particular order, and I have chosen not to offer further commentary to them.

1. “I am struggling with depression.”

2. “Don’t criticize me right before or after I preach.”

3. “I worry about my family in the church fishbowl.”

4. “I wish the ‘healthy’ church members in our church would stand up to the bullies and critics.”

5. “Pray for me; I need it.”

6. “I don’t know if we can pay our personal bills.”

7. “I am so tired of attending mundane meetings.”

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8. “Don’t ask me to do something right before I preach.”

9. “I can’t keep up with all the changes in culture and churches.”

10. “It hurts me deeply when we lose a church member.”

This article was written by Thom Rainer and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.

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